BAKERS, litter pickers and members of a community podcast are just some of the Shaftesbury heroes that have been recognised for their work during the Covid-19 crisis.

The town’s rotary club asked the public to nominate individuals who had gone that extra mile to support residents during the ongoing pandemic, and now a combination of individuals and groups have been acknowledged with certificates of appreciation.

This includes Jenny Franks, pictured above, who baked cakes for the staff at Westminster Memorial Hospital and left anonymous biscuit deliveries for Shaftesbury ambulance workers, and Peter Cockburn, also pictured above, who delivered prescriptions and food shopping to people who were and are self isolating.

Keri Jones and Andy Hargreaves were recognised for their work creating the This is Alfred podcast, and Brian Lock and Glenn Hollands were put forward for organising and administering a team of volunteers to deliver prescriptions to the vulnerable, elderly and self isolating.

Shaftesbury Rotary certificates of appreciation - Glenn Hollands

Shaftesbury Rotary certificates of appreciation - Glenn Hollands

Other nominees include the Shaftesbury branch of the Royal British Legion - which also managed to raise nearly £20,000 during the pandemic for the poppy appeal - Andria Glasgow of Hope2Bake who prepared, cooked and delivered meals to vulnerable individuals in the community, and Russell Smith, who took over the TerraCycle bins for the town at his home and frequently goes out litter picking around Shaftesbury.

Shaftesbury Rotary certificates of appreciation - Andria Glasgow

Shaftesbury Rotary certificates of appreciation - Andria Glasgow

Shaftesbury Rotary said: “We wanted to recognise those in the local community who have provided support in these difficult times, giving up their time to selflessly help others, so we asked people to nominate their local Covid-19 heroes.

“We have now awarded certificates of appreciation to the people who were nominated.”

The club hopes to meet with the nominees in the future to mark the achievement properly with a celebratory meal, when Covid rules allow.

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