Caring for the Vulnerable – Extraordinary Islanders Finalists

Media partnership with Extraordinary Islanders

The pandemic, particularly the lockdown, has been difficult for us all. But for the vulnerable, it has been an especially scary time. The Caring for the Vulnerable award sponsored by Ramsey Crookall will be presented to both an individual and an organisation that has gone above and beyond for the vulnerable in our community. 

Individuals

Rose Cope

Becoming a new mum is a hard job at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. After giving birth to her daughter Thea during lockdown, Rose created a Facebook group to connect new Mums going through the same situation. The group quickly grew to have more than 450 members. Rose posted tips, tricks and fun things for new mums to try, and created a warm, online community in the absence of face-to-face baby groups. Many members of the group have now become valuable friends for life.

Helen Walmsley

Helen runs ‘A Little Piece of Hope’, a local charity dedicated to helping bereaved families and sick children under 21. It offers a support network and helps families to arrange hospital travel, funerals and headstones. 

During lockdown, Helen organised shopping deliveries for these families in the south and east of the Island. She also arranged for monthly ‘anxiety boxes’ to be delivered to poorly children. 

Sally Hardman

Escapism and entertainment has been vital for many of us during the pandemic. Sally Hardman, who runs the Family Library’s Mobile unit, made sure that those who were shielding and isolating felt cared for with extra deliveries of books and audiobooks – delivering them with a (socially distanced) big smile and a very warm heart.

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Organisations 

St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance really pulled out all the stops during lockdown. They assisted the island’s ambulance service and helped to answer emergency calls, relieving some of the pressure on local services. 

In addition to this, St John Ambulance carried out Island-wide deliveries of medication for vulnerable members of the community who had to stay at home. In total, volunteers gave up more than 1,000 hours of their time.

Manx Solidarity Fund

The Manx Solidarity Fund was formed to support local causes and individuals that got into difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was swiftly established to deal with the rapidly growing challenges during lockdown and made a huge difference to the lives of many who applied for support.

Its fundraising efforts have been nothing short of amazing – from sponsored events to breath-taking sporting endeavours – the team have pooled their resources to create a charity that is accessible, community focused and a true lifeline for Islanders in distress as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Crossroads

Crossroads stepped up its services during lockdown and continued to provide support to local carers throughout the height of the pandemic. 

The team also temporarily delivered the Government’s ‘Home Care’ services to free up medical staff to work on the ‘front line’. Crossroads staff quickly adapted to new roles and services, going the extra mile to ensure the charity could continue to provide much needed respite to service users.

Vote

Let us know who you think is most deserving by casting your votes here. Don’t forget to share your favourites on social media!

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