Unsung hero praised for support to the vulnerable and elderly in Wellesbourne - The Stratford Observer
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9th Aug, 2022

Unsung hero praised for support to the vulnerable and elderly in Wellesbourne

AN UNSUNG hero from Wellesbourne has been recognised for the help and support she has provided vulnerable members of the community.

Wendy Waters, a wellbeing navigator at Hastings Medical Centre, was presented with a ‘Lockdown Hero’ award from Orbit Housing Association.

Wendy has spent her time visiting customers in homes, care schemes and Independent Living properties, to ensure that Orbit customers and members of the wider community were supported.

When presented with her Thriving Communities Award – at a surprise presentation at the medical centre – Wendy said: “I am totally shocked and genuinely humbled to receive this award. I knew I had been nominated for a Thriving Communities Award, which was an honour in itself, but I never thought I would win. To win the Lockdown Hero category is amazing and I am absolutely delighted.”

Practice manager Lucy Jacques, added: “We are all so very proud of Wendy for winning this award. She is always out helping the more vulnerable members of our community and nothing is ever too much trouble for her. She thoroughly deserves this.”

The Thriving Communities Awards celebrate Orbit customers and partners who go the extra mile to contribute to their local area.

Wendy was presented with a trophy and £1,000 to spend in the community. She added: “This is the best bit about winning. This money will make such a big difference and I already have some ideas about what it can be used for. This will make a lot of Wellesbourne residents very happy – thank you Orbit.”

Wendy was nominated by Orbit’s Cheryl Flavell, for working tirelessly to ensure that the elderly and vulnerable in the village remained supported during lockdown.

Cheryl explained: “The care and support that Wendy gives to local residents here is unmatched. She always goes out of her way to ensure they are looked after and for many who were shielding, Wendy was a real lifeline during lockdown.”

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