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RAOK group named Covid Heroes

By timesecholife on in All News, Uttoxeter news

A UTTOXETER community group has been named a ‘Covid Hero’ at a virtual awards ceremony held by Trent & Dove Housing.

Random Acts of Kindness Uttoxeter (RAOK), was presented with the ‘community project’ award. Other volunteers and groups in the town were also short-listed for an award, including Uttoxeter Heath Community Centre.

The RAOK Uttoxeter group was launched last year by mum of four, Katy Roe, in a bid to reduce waste and allow people to support each other by through the pandemic. Katy teamed up with Samantha Leyland to run the group, which aims to help people in the community by providing food parcels, bedding, help and advice.

Through the RAOK Facebook page and website, residents give away household objects to those who need them, and in doing so make for a more sustainable environment. With the support of several local businesses, RAOK volunteers have been distributing care, goodwill, and support to people all across the Uttoxeter area, as well as giving people hope and support to bridge the social gap caused by the pandemic.

The group’s efforts were recognised with at the Covid Hero Awards hosted by Trent & Dove Housing, in partnership with Burton Albion Community Trust. The awards were replacement for the housing association’s annual Impact on the Community Awards, which were unable to go ahead last year due to the Government restrictions on large gatherings.

The event was streamed live on YouTube and people were invited to join them for a night of celebrations to honour the true heroes in their communities. Trent & Dove received more than 60 nominations which a panel of judges considered before selecting the final 16.

The finalists each received a luxury hamper to thank them for their fantastic contributions and everyone who received a nomination were also sent a Covid Hero badge to wear with pride for their efforts.

Ursula Bennion, chief executive of Trent & Dove Housing said: “It was a wonderful evening and as always, hugely compelling and humbling to hear the stories of individuals, organisations and businesses who are supporting communities across our region. This year, we had to do things a little differently and this was our first ever virtual event. The night was a huge success, and I am glad we still managed to recognise those who go out of their way (often under the radar) to help others. I would also like to thank all of our partners who have sponsored the event, without their generosity it would not be possible to celebrate the achievements of these great people.”

The joint headline sponsors of the night, for the third year running, were J. Tomlinson who have worked in partnership with Trent & Dove for over 11 years. They deliver gas servicing, boiler installations, renewable projects and a wide range of repairs / maintenance works to Trent & Dove homes across East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.

Steve Kirkland, Managing Director of Repairs & Maintenance and Facilities at J. Tomlinson added: “It’s more than fair to say that 2020 was a tumultuous year. The emergence of the pandemic has taken its toll on almost all areas of our day-to-day lives, and it has been extremely heartening to hear about so many individuals, voluntary groups, and organisations whom have selflessly donated time, resources and more to benefit their local communities during this difficult time.

“The team at Trent & Dove have done a fantastic job of organising the virtual event, and we hope that everyone enjoyed hearing about all the great work that’s been undertaken in our local area as much as we did.”

Trent & Dove Covid Herod Awards partners and sponsors were: Burton Albion Community Trust, J.Tomlinson, Savills, Efficiency East Midlands, Novus Property Solutions, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Jessup Brothers Ltd, Idverde, The Trent & Dove Federation of Residents Associations and Blueflame Associates.

Other award winners included: Burton Hope, Janet Miller, Paul Brown Magical Mayhem, Winshill Together, Denise The Dinosaur Linda Cunningham (Didi) and Kate Rowan (Denise the Dinosaur). To view the Trent & Dove Covid Hero Awards, visit or follow Trent & Dove on Facebook and Twitter.

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