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Unsung Heroes Awards still open

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There is still time to nominate someone who has been a hero to others over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Test Valley COVID-19 Unsung Heroes Awards is run by local charity Unity and the member of youth parliament for north west Hampshire, Harrow Way student Dmitrijs Meiksans.

Together, they are proud to announce the sixth week’s recipients that have received awards.

The award aims to recognise and highlight the amazing people that have gone above and beyond to assist their local communities throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

This week, the shortlisting panel voted to select Julie Neilson from West Tytherley and Ryan Rawlinson from Andover.

One nominator said about Julie, “Julie has been a tireless member of the village care group for years. During the pandemic she has gone out of her way to help scores of lonely isolated people, doing their shopping, collecting medication and helping them out, despite having many caring responsibilities of her own.”

Ryan Rawlinson from Andover also received the award, he was recognised for his fundraising to help young people with tablets for Home Schooling.

One nominator said, “When the school closures were announced this year Ryan quickly realised how many families were struggling to get their children devices for online learning. Ryan set up a fundraising page on Facebook called ‘Tablets for Children’ which quickly raised over £7000 – Ryan used this money to buy devices for those children who were not able to access their learning. Ryan managed to help over 100 families in Andover and surrounding villages.”

Dmitrijs Meiksans, the organiser of the awards scheme, said, “Congratulations to Ryan and Julie for their outstanding work throughout the pandemic, uplifting their communities when both of them were needed most.”

Nominations are still open to nominate your local unsung hero in Test Valley. Visit www.testvalleycuha.co.uk/nominate to recognise someone today.

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David Harber

David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.