High Sheriff of Lancashire Awards for pandemic heroes

Friday, October 30, 2020

The High Sheriff of Lancashire, Mrs Catherine Penny DL, has presented awards to individuals and organisations who have gone the extra mile to help Lancashire through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mrs Penny said: "As High Sheriff of Lancashire, I would normally have been travelling throughout the county, offering encouragement and support to people who are making a difference to the lives of others.

"This year I have been unable to make visits and so I asked others to nominate those who they felt deserved recognition for things they have done during the Covid-19 pandemic."

Over two hundred nominations were received from all areas of the county and for people of all ages.

Some initiatives were self-help or started from scratch and run entirely by volunteers. Other people have made a special effort by going well beyond the terms of their normal employment.

Those who received an award from the High Sheriff include:

• a ten-year-old who ran a marathon over 14 days, raising £4,000 for a local charity
• an individual who used their 3D printer to make face shields for the NHS and other key workers
• groups of women from across the county who used their skills to make face masks
• the Bowland & Pennine Mountain Rescue Team who continued to rescue and search for vulnerable people throughout lockdown
• Special Constables and those working in the Lancashire Resilience Forum
• several different faith organisations which provided community support during the pandemic
• existing charities and volunteers who continued to provide food and assistance for the most vulnerable.

Awards, Certificates of Recognition and letters of thanks are going out to all those who have been nominated.

Mrs Penny added: "The response to the High Sheriff Awards has been tremendous and shows the caring spirit that exists throughout Lancashire.

"As Covid-19 is still very much with us, many continue to go that extra mile to help others. I applaud, congratulate and thank them all."

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