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More Unsung Hero Award winners announced

Irene Williams Unsung Hero Andover

Local charity Unity and north west Hampshire’s Member of Youth Parliament Dmitrijs Meiksans are proud to announce the fifth week’s Test Valley COVID-19 Unsung Heroes 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 Irene Williams and Lisa Barnecut from Andover.

One nominator said about Irene, “Irene is a beautiful gentle soul that has been keeping us entertained every Monday doing a live gig every Monday on Facebook. She also plays around the care homes with the 4 Toons free and entertains the residents. She has done this every week since March and gives us all a good laugh, brightens our days and gives us something to look forward to in these strange times. The funny hats and some humorous songs are hilarious. For a lady that has been playing musical instruments and entertaining for 60 years + is amazing. She deserves a medal.”

Lisa Barnecut from Andover also received the award, nominations said, “At the start of the pandemic my sister very nearly lost her life because of Covid, Our mum was by her side the whole time making sure she was comfortable and taking care of her every need since she couldnt move/breathe by herself. She was putting herself at risk to make sure my sister was going to make it through, and because of my mum my sister did! Not only this my mum is a career on Kingfisher Ward at Andover Hospital and has been battling Covid day in day out. Even when she has been emotionally and physically drained she kept fighting alongside the amazing NHS staff. We recently lost my grandad and winning this award would make my mum’s year! She’s an amazing, loving and caring woman and we are blessed to have her.”

Dmitrijs Meiksans, the organiser of the awards scheme, said, “Irene and Lisa have both showed such an important human touch to the pandemic, how they have been able to connect during such a difficult time is awe-inspiring. Congrats to them both.”

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.