COVID-19 Nominate Your Neighbour Healing Manor Community Work

We’ve been working hard over the past three weeks to give something back to those working on the front line, in Grimsby and surrounding areas. This has included; Humberside Police Force, NHS, YMCA, St Hughes and other local charities. Whilst we’ve been running our Take Away service, we’ve been hearing so many stories of peoples loved ones having to isolate, people they know that don’t have any family or anyone to help, and then others, who are working on the front line and having to leave young families at home.

Earlier this week, we launched#NominateYourNeighbour. We pledged to donate around 30 free meals to those in our local community who were in need of a little pick me up this Easter. Here’s the thing about COVID-19, everyone has a story. No matter how alone you may feel, or confused from the uproar on our day to day lives and the uncertainty that awaits our future, everyone’s pain and everyone’s daily wins are different.

We had almost 300 people booked in for lunch this Easter Sunday, and between our small live-in team we have isolating together onsite, to provide the services we’re still offering, we wanted to reach out to some of those who needed our help the most. When you’re surrounded by food and hot meals every day, it’s something that we all take for granted. We almost forgot how much a simple hot meal can cheer up someones day. In many ways, we’ve busied ourselves so we don’t have time to stop and think about the current situation we’re all in, and perhaps even face our own individual stories and emotions that we carry. Busyness and lots to do,  is what keeps us all sane at the best of times, after all it’s why we all work in hospitality! ,

Whilst we originally launched #NominateYourNeighbour for Easter Weekend, due to the huge response we’ve had, we’re keeping it open for the duration of COVID-19, or at least for as long as we’re able too. Each week, with the help of our incredible volunteers, we’ll reach out to a few of those nominated to safely hand-deliver a meal or two, to the people that need and deserve  it the most.

Photographs by the super talented Elizabeth Rose Photographer

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Terry

Was nominated by Emma. He’s 81 and lives on his own. He would normally get taken out by family or friends for dinner each week, but they’ve not been able to treat him since the country went into semi-lock down back in March. Emma thought a meal would be just the thing to cheer him up. Thanks to Garrett Busby, one of our volunteers here at Healing Manor Hotel and College Lecturer at Grimsby Institute, we were able to deliver him a delicious roast turkey lunch and rhubarb & apple crumble for dessert.

Kate & Joyce. 

Whilst there have been so many nominations which have brought a tear or two to our eyes , Kate & Joyce’s nomination made by Elvi couldn’t have been any more heart breaking when Garrett delivered their lunch today. Kate (Mum) & Joyce (Nan) are isolating together whilst Kate’s husband was in intensive care with COVID-19 and had been for two weeks. It is with such sadness that he lost his battle with the virus on Friday and we’re sending all of our love to their family during such horrific times. Elvi told us that it was her Dad that would always do the cooking, and that when their food was dropped off by Garrett, it was one of the first times her mum has smiled over these past two weeks.

Steve & Julie

Steve has been battling several illnesses including Parkinson’s. It’s taken everything away from him including; his job, eye sight and now his favourite sports thanks to COVID-19. Prior to the country going into a state of semi-lock-down, Steve & Julie were in the process of having their kitchen renovated and consequently have now been left without a kitchen to cook in, so we decided that they were without any doubt very deserving of a hot home cooked lunch.

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John

Nominated by Hayley, John lives on his own and is due to celebrate his 80th birthday next week. We wanted to send him an early birthday treat and cheer up his Easter weekend, with lunch and dessert. This was kindly and safely delivered by Marie who is a part of our team and currently volunteering as we try to help more and more of our community who are in need.

Marie also made her way around town delivering a few more of your #NominateYourNeighbours.

Rosie

Was nominated by Hedi. Rosie is working on the front line and having to isolate away from her two daughters.

Sally 

Nominated by Richard is a front line nurse. She’s working around the clock to ensure patients are cared for in hospital and Richard thought that Sally deserved a Sunday Lunch for her and her family of 4.

Carla

Nominated by her neighbour Viv, Carla  is a  midwife & single mum. She’s been having to work as normal up until she was sent home to isolate this week after showing symptoms. Up until showing symptoms, as well as working around the clock and being Mum, Carla has been buying food and care packages for her neighbours in-need out of her own pocket. 

 

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Penny who is isolating in Healing village with her parents has kindly volunteered her time throughout the duration of COVID-19, and whilst it’s safe to do so, to help others in our local community,

Emily

Was nominated by her Mum Penny. Emily is  working very hard from home whilst isolating with her family. She’s a Civil Servant working  for the Chief Scientific Adviser on the battle against COVID-19, and her Mum wanted the family to be able to enjoy a delicious lunch together for a little normality in the madness that is today.

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Sheila & Graham

Nominated by Carolyn, Graham’s wife and Sheila’s daughter in law. Sheila suffers from Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia and Graham cares for her, this is  alongside trying to keep his own business running during this horrific pandemic. We couldn’t think of two more deserving people to enjoy Easter lunch delivered to their door step for them to enjoy it together!

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These are just a few of the stories from some of the #NominateYourNeighbours we visited today. If you’d like to nominate someone, please click here and fill in all of the details.

Photographs by the super talented Elizabeth Rose Photographer