A nursing assistant who worked seven days straight after her own coronavirus ordeal, and a teacher who stood up for staff and students when lockdown hit, have been put forward for awards thanks to their efforts during the pandemic.

Lynn Rodell had been among a number of NHS staff selected to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace back in 2020 but the event was cancelled when the virus hit.

Instead of royal recognition, Lynn found herself facing a year like no other. She worked hard to rise to the challenge and to help others.

Her fundraising endeavours and dedication to patients have now seen her nominated for the South Wiltshire Hero Awards 2021.

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Robin Trevett, who put Lynn forward, said she has been a Nursing Assistant at Salisbury A&E for more than 15 years and despite being eligible to retire she has worked throughout the pandemic knowing the obvious risks.

'She worked seven days straight'

Robin said Lynn battled the virus herself but bounced back, working all hours to help others.

He said: “She contracted Covid yet returned to work as soon as she was allowed. She has worked seven days straight at a time without complaining once.

“Lynn is well known throughout A&E and other hospital departments for her fundraising efforts, you will often find her organising farewells, family days, Christmas functions and is forever selling raffles tickets for one reason or other.

“It is a shame that the recognition she deserved by being selected to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Place in 2020 was cancelled due to COVID.

“But now she is now arranging a black-tie charity event to raise yet more money for Stars Appeal.

“She is one of the kindest, most generous natured people you could wish to meet and never once expects any recognition for her efforts.”

'A remarkable leader during a dark and uncertain time'

Another person to be nominated as a key worker for the hero awards is Rob Wood.

Samantha Hadrick, who nominated Rob, said: “Rob was given the role of acting head teacher of The Wellington Academy just prior to the first lockdown in March 2020 and met the challenge head on.

"He was an advocate for the students and immediately began coordinating food hampers, school supplies and even Easter treats.

“From the start, staff well-being was made a priority and despite the fear and uncertainty he ensured that our families came first.

"He offered the families of students financial support regardless of their circumstances and reassured many a nervous parent.

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.

"Rob was a remarkable leader during a dark and uncertain time and won the hearts of a community.”

Anyone who makes a nomination for the hero awards also stands a chance of winning a £100 shopping centre prize

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