Meet your community heroes

Meet your community heroes

At LloydsPharmacy, we are all about recognising the achievements of our community, that’s why we recently ran the LloydsPharmacy Community Hero Awards. 2020 wasn’t easy for anyone, but some individuals really went above and beyond to help their local communities. We received over 500 nominations and these were the winners…

We’ve been very impressed by all the people who have gone above and beyond to help others in their community, it has been really inspiring to read each of their stories.

After careful consideration by our judges we are pleased to announce the LloydsPharmacy Community Heroes 2020:

James Robinson

James runs Surviving The Streets, which collects and distributes food, clothing, sleeping bags and tents etc. for the homeless in our town. He does it with a caring and passionate heart, and it is all completely voluntary.

James has a brother, Peter, who supports him in this work, plus others who have joined him in this venture, as they have realised, as I have, that James is a genuine, caring person who will go the extra mile to help anyone. He is my hero and deserves to be recognised for his community spirit.

Phil Sage

Phil has worked tirelessly on behalf of our community to ensure that those in need have been able to access food parcels and other support or assistance. She leads by example and is as likely to be found collecting, packing and delivering food parcels as she is communicating with local agencies, planning team rotas and fundraising.

Lockdown brought an increase in demand for the food bank while at the same time food donations dropped.  Undeterred, Phil has pressed on, remaining positive, cheerful and encouraging. She is a true community hero.

Daniel Okae-Asare

He is ours upervisor/dispenser and very supportive team player. He creates the enabling environment for colleagues, and he pays detailed attention to our performance indicators. He welcomes every customer with a smile and hello. During lockdown he supported relief and Locum pharmacists to ensure our standards were maintained.

Even when my colleagues and I were advised to isolate, he worked every day for over a month to ensure the continuation of pharmaceutical services for the community. He is our hero and a very cheerful man.

Andrew Wallbank

Andrew has been volunteering to help people of all ages, his help stretches from assisting with shopping, picking up prescriptions and running errands. He has been doing this throughout the entirety of this pandemic.

He has been a big part of setting up a helpline, contactable 7 days a week and provides help to many far and wide.He has visited us nearly every day to collect prescriptions for others and always with a smile on his face. He has helped us out tremendously and we can't thank him enough!

Debbie Laycock

Debbie has gone above and beyond during lockdown to make sure members of the local netball community are not isolated, can take part in physical activity and have a support network. She organised socially distanced walks for her Walking Netballers, zoom coffee mornings and Mums & Tots netball sessions.

Debbie has made it her mission to make sure her participants, specifically those who are vulnerable, know they have someone who cares. Her selfless acts are truly appreciated in the local and wider community.

Fiona Haywood

Fiona is a valued member of the community, when she had an inkling that corona virus was going to impact the community she jumped straight in and formed the Being Neighbourly Group for East Grinstead.

She has worked tirelessly to create a fantastic group that is invaluable to those in the community that need help in these difficult times. I am proud to know such a selfless lady.

Shaera Solanky

Shaera has brought with her warmth, positivity and an infectious smile to everyone she meets. When Covid started a lot of our patients were unable to collect their medicines, Shaera would go out of her way to drop off medications so that nobody missed a dose.

Shaera has taken one of our patients to her hospital and GP appointments. After hearing that she was struggling to cook, Shaera took holiday from the pharmacy to cook nutritious hot meals for her. Shaera does all this in her own time and from the goodness of her heart. She is extremely humble and hardworking and a hero in our eyes. 

Gloria Moss

Gloria heads up the Felpham Emergency Resilience Team, who have provided a lifeline service to those shielding or in difficulty. From picking up and delivering medication, to collecting and delivering shopping, while also organising regular phone chats.

Her dedication and commitment are unwavering. Without her efforts many people would have had a much harder time over the last 9 months, and she shows no sign of slowing up. A real person making a real difference.