TWO women - including one from Amesbury - will have trains named after them for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Liz Gallagher and Naomi Betts were nominated by BBC Radio Wiltshire listeners to become "Make a Difference Superstars", and as a result will each have a high-speed Great Western Railway (GWR) train named after them.

Naomi created a community mask tree where she hung face coverings for anyone who needed one. It went viral on social media, with trees springing up all over the country.

To date there are 418 trees in the UK, which her daughter said helped distribute more than 200,000 masks and raise £325,000 for charity.

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Friends and family surprised Naomi at her Amesbury home.

Her daughter Rhiannon said the project had been an ”absolutely amazing community effort”, adding that her mum was an “inspiration”.

Naomi said: “I’m really surprised and just blown away – thank you so much.

“So many people have said it’s given them a real sense of purpose during this, it felt like they were doing something helpful, something supportive, to help fight the pandemic.”

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The other lady - Liz Gallagher from Swindon, delayed retiring as a nurse after 40 years to stay on as ward manager of the ICU at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital.

She worked 12 hour days and came in on her days off to check on the team

She came out of the hospital to find the party waiting for her.

Liz’s son Hugh, who nominated her, said: “Normally you would wind down to retirement but she had to come in and work as hard she’s ever had to, alongside all the other nurses too, it’s honestly inspirational.”

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Liz said: “It’s been challenging, it’s been tough, but I’ve had a great team behind me, that’s what made the difference – the team have been fantastic”.

Stephanie Marshall, head of the BBC in the West and South West, said: “The pandemic may have been the worst of times for many of us, but it has brought out the best in so many people.

“Since lockdown began nearly two million listeners have contacted their BBC local radio station either looking for help, or in many cases offering it out, through the Make a Difference campaign.

“The stories of local heroism have helped put a smile on faces across the country and I’m incredibly proud that BBC Radio Wiltshire played a part in that.”

GWR Interim Managing Director Matthew Golton said: “The GWR has a long and proud history of naming trains after Great Westerners – past and present heroes from across our network – and to that list now we can add the names of Liz Gallagher and Naomi Betts.

“It has been a privilege to partner with the BBC Make a Difference campaign and learn more about those people who have helped to make such a huge difference in their communities during the pandemic".

“We were particularly overwhelmed by the stories of these two winners and I hope our train-naming ceremonies will serve as a fitting tribute to them.”