A Hidden Hero comes along

A Hidden Hero comes along

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We’re celebrating acts of kindness this week as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (18 to 24 May 2020), but we’ve already seen hundreds of kind acts from everyone across the region since the beginnings of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Acts of kindness come in many shapes and sizes, and include food donations to charity, support for NHS keyworkers, and even throwing farewell parties for school leavers just in case they don’t make it back before the summer holidays.

One of our Hidden Heroes has been supporting her local community through the NHS volunteer responders programme. Sabrina Chambers is a restaurant supervisor at the University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington campus, and signed up to the national scheme to keep herself busy while she’s on furlough leave.

Sabrina has been collecting shopping for people who aren’t able to get out themselves, and has also been having weekly phone conversations with a member of her community to combat loneliness and social isolation. You can find out more about Sabrina's volunteering work as a Hidden Hero here.

Someone else supporting the NHS is Hidden Hero Geraldine Beard, general services manager for our Corporate Services client, Zurich. In addition to her daily work responsibilities, Geraldine, like Sabrina, has also signed up as an NHS volunteer responder - she has also been busy knitting blankets for a local hospital’s neonatal unit.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the Hidden Heroes at HMP Peterborough – who are looking a bit different than usual after shaving their heads to raise money for charity!

David Fleming, Craig Parbery and Chris Evans, senior managers at the prison, decided to raise funds for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice after learning it was facing financial difficulties as a result of the current crisis. The hospice recently announced it was facing a funding gap of approximately £1.6m as a result of precautionary measures taken to combat Covid-19.

Damian Evans, Director at HMP Peterborough, said: “Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall is a local charity we’ve supported since we opened in 2005, and one which is close to many of our hearts. Many colleagues and their families have received help or care from the hospice so I am delighted that David, Craig and Chris have raised so much money for such a worthy cause.”

Anyone wanting to support the team’s efforts can make a donation on their JustGiving page here.

Do you know of someone who has been carrying out acts of kindness during the pandemic? Tell us about them on Your_Sodexo here.

Matt's massive thank you to our FM Hidden Heroes!

Last week, in honour of World FM Day (13 May 2020), our ambassador Matt Dawson sent his special thanks to some of our FM Hidden Heroes who have been supporting Covid-19 efforts. Click here to watch the video on Your_Sodexo.


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