24th Jan, 2021

Frankley councillor nominates his heroes ahead of Lord Mayor's Special Recognition

Harry Leach 11th Jan, 2021 Updated: 11th Jan, 2021

A FRANKLEY councillor has nominated community-minded residents for the Lord Mayor’s Special Recognition awards.

Coun Simon Morrall has chosen his heroes after what has been a difficult 12 months with Covid-19.

He said: “I thought it was worth recognising our special volunteers.

“I’ve got to see first-hand how we have pulled together as a community, stepping up to the plate every day to help those in need.

“So it’s been an honour and a real privilege and to be able to nominate some of these local heroes for special recognition by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

“You really are all champions of our community, please keep up the amazing work you do.”

To nominate an individual or a group of individuals (or an organisation) for the Award you must complete a nomination form at http://www.birmingham.gov.uk.

You must send your completed form to the Lord Mayor’s Office at the Council House by February 28.


LIST OF COUN MORRALL’S NOMINEES:

Hollymoor Community Church

For working incredibly hard during the 2020 pandemic, providing food parcels and nutritious meals to families across Frankley and South Birmingham who were struggling or self-isolating during Covid-19.

Pastor Stephen Merritt said: “We are delighted to receive this and it’s really on behalf of the community because we wouldn’t be able to do this work without the support of people in the community who give us the food. Hollywell School, Belfield School, and little stars nursery and lots of individuals who have donated so thank you so much.”

Follow them at http://www.facebook.com/HollymoorCommunityChurch

Farm to Family Meats

For providing good quality and affordable meat to local residents every Wednesday during the pandemic and kindly donating over 100 Kilos of meat to the local food bank right in the heart of the Frankley Community.

Founder Carl Wall Said: “I started out in March, trying to get local and get closer to home, to look after people and the communities that I was brought up on. It was nice to come close and local and everyone has helped me build up and supported me here. I’ve been helping people who cannot afford to eat and donating to the local food bank every week.”

Carl Wall.

Carl is at the Licky Banker Pub Every Wednesday from 8am – 9pm (Starting again from January 13).

CERT UK – Homeless Birmingham

For working incredibly hard during the 2020 pandemic, providing food parcels and nutritious meals to families and the homeless across Birmingham who were struggling or self-isolating during Covid-19.

Owner and Founder Kenneth Lowry Said: “We help to support local communities, we help them with food parcels, and we help them with clothes, but our main aspect is we go into the city centre every Thursday to feed the homeless, we have a catering trailer that we get our on Christmas day.”

Follow CERTS HERE.

Joanna, Rachel and the whole team at New Starts, Frankley

For working incredibly hard during the 2020 pandemic, providing food parcels and nutritious meals to families across Frankley and South Birmingham who were struggling or self-isolating during Covid-19.

Chief Executive Marion Kenyon said: “In normal times we do furniture, but at the moment we are doing a lot of food parcels, so if you are struggling just get in touch with us and we will try and help you out as much as we can.”

Visit http://www.newstarts.org.uk or call 0121 679 2072 for more information.

South Birmingham Food Hub (FoodCycle)

For working incredibly hard during the 2020 pandemic, providing food parcels and nutritious meals to families across South Birmingham who were struggling or self-isolating during Covid-19.

Local Food Hub volunteers Kirsty and Jody said: “Since March we became a food hub to replace the community meals to combat loneliness. We have been sending out free food parcels to those who need them, covering B31 and B45. We have delivered 12,700 food parcels and that has taken 10,700 volunteer hours.”

Visit http://www.foodcycle.org.uk or call 07784 633 752 for more information.

Kiki

For selling her things, doing a 5K run, and baking batches of delicious brownies to be delivered to all the heroes working to support others during the pandemic in South West Birmingham.

Kiki’s Mum Verity was over the moon saying: “Amazing… I’m so so proud of Kiki. And well done to everyone else for giving their time to help others.”

Kiki.

You can continue to donate to Kiki’s Fundraising here.

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