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Published April 21st 2020
From six-year-old making cakes to drawings in aid of NHS
A community initiative aimed at thanking those individuals, groups and businesses who have made a positive impact on the people of Tamworth during the coronavirus crisis has been inundated with nominations. Mayor of Tamworth, Richard Kingstone, launched the new 'Be Kind – Be Tamworth' scheme just two weeks ago but has been overwhelmed by the dozens of examples of kindness and support during the current uncertain times. The idea of 'Be Kind – Be Tamworth' is for people to share their experiences of kindness via social media or nominate anyone in Tamworth who has made a positive impact on their community. The names of those nominated will be shared on the Tamworth Borough Council and the Mayor's Facebook page and, as soon as lockdown restrictions have been sufficiently lifted, they will be invited to a celebration in the Town Hall with the Mayor, where they will also receive a special 'Be Tamworth' badge.
Examples of kindness within Tamworth borough have flooded in. They include Danielle Dawson who submitted a nomination for her dance teacher, Nicola Statham, who owns Danceology. Every day Nicola has been doing online dance lessons through Zoom, with sessions included for the minis class and a senior class. Danielle described Nicola as constantly going above and beyond to help her pupils, even with her own family to look after at home. She added that Nicola had given her students a purpose to carry on and continue the love of dance. Viv Johnson nominated Lynsey Rosenbach who, as soon as people started to self-isolate, put notes through the letterboxes of her older neighbours offering help to get shopping, prescriptions and other essential items. Viv described Lynsey as being a 'Godsend'.
Six-year-old Matilda made cakes and drawings for care home residents
Six-year-old Matilda Hadley was nominated by her mother Helen. Matilda's nanny works at a local care home and told Matilda that all of the residents have to stay in their rooms due to coronavirus. Matilda was so concerned that this would make them sad, she decided to cheer them up by drawing all 32 residents a picture to place in their room with the words "Keep smiling from Matilda". In addition, she also made cakes for each person. Other nominations have been for school pupils including children at Three Peaks Academy who designed artwork to thank NHS staff and key workers. This impressed Bradley-Scott Windows so much that they have displayed them in their shop window.
Bradley-Scott Windows displaying children's artwork thanking NHS staff
Mayor Richard said: "I am so humbled to see so much kindness being demonstrated within our borough and I would like to thank the people of Tamworth for coming together with such amazing community spirit and doing what's being asked of them by the Government. Sometimes people don't have confidence in themselves, but I want everyone to feel proud of the courage and kindness currently being shown. I am delighted and overwhelmed with how many nominations I have received in just two weeks. I am honoured to be able to share all the positive news about how the people of Tamworth are making themselves, their town and neighbours, become an even stronger community during these isolating and lonely times."Be Kind – Be Tamworth and stay safe everyone; keep sharing the love and support for each other."
To nominate an individual (of any age), group or business for a Be Kind – Be Tamworth award, please email email@example.com or the mayor at Richardfirstname.lastname@example.org