Meet community champion who helped vulnerable in lockdown
- Credit: ELY HERO AWARDS
A woman who rallied hundreds of East Cambs residents to help vulnerable people during the Covid-19 lockdown was crowned community champion at the 2021 Ely Hero Awards.
Jules Hillier set up Ely Community Covid-19 Mutual Aid group on Facebook in March and, within just 24 hours, she had attracted 1,000 members.
From that number, 240 people volunteered to help and regularly support more than 80 vulnerable local people.
The group has since grown to having more than 2,500 members.
Jules’ nominee said: “Through the aid group, she has helped bring the local community in Ely together.
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“She has helped to improve the lives of those in her community who are in need of assistance and also given those who want to help an avenue to do so.”
The other finalists in this category are:
- 1 Motion calls for community housing review in four villages
- 2 Father-of-five murdered due to 'drug deal dispute gone wrong'
- 3 WATCH: The Fens celebrates its own 'Ark of Triumph'
- 4 Man found dead in March
- 5 HMO or flats divide councils but what happens to rest of hotel?
- 6 MP oversees climate change mock debate at Ely College
- 7 Over 100 modern slavery victims rescued in Cambridgeshire
- 8 Pubs team up to raise £3,500 for British Heart Foundation
- 9 Jail for 'despicable' burglary on 93-year-old man with dementia
- 10 Church to hold churchyards training day
Rosie came up with the idea of decorating the King’s school Christmas tree with hundreds of memory baubles to give local people an opportunity to remember loved ones who have died.
The scheme involved selling decorated baubles in local charity shops and raised around £2,000 for local good causes like Talking Freely which is a support group for people experiencing mental health issues.
Rosie has lots more ideas for bringing the community together and for making positive things happen.
Her nominee says “Rosie has an infectious positivity and strives to make sure everyone she comes into contact with is OK.
“She makes real connections and is an asset to our community”.
Hayley has created multi-media sites for multiple ecological projects, providing information, signposting and resources accessed by more than 3,000 local people.
Interest in Hayley’s online posts has led to the formation of a committee which works with the local council, schools and the press to encourage local people to think before they throw away.
The tips and tricks she posts helps the community to be better informed about the environmental impact of the choices they make.
One of her multiple nominators says “Hayley works tirelessly for the benefit of Ely with the sole purpose of making our world a better place to live”.