Four more fabulous local people surprised tonight for Advent Angels, with a, ‘Thank you and Merry Christmas,’ from their friends, family and Island’s community.
First up Hannah Barnwell, who was nominated a few times by friends that she has helped over COVID-19 with food shops when they have been struggling financially. We know Hannah also cares for two older people with severe health problems, alongside bringing up her family and trying to adapt to keep her own business afloat through the restrictions. Hannah donated a fabulous high tea for one of our earlier Advent Angels, so it was a real pleasure to be able to surprise her tonight with some bits donated by Jools Mason and a cake she didn’t have to bake from Liz Duckworth.
Secondly we visited the wonderful Richard Cox who was nominated by his wife Jayne for all the care and support he has shown her as she recovered from a stroke earlier this year. Richard has for many years helped Jayne with her volunteering for 1st Portland Scouts, driving minibuses and filling their lounge with Beaver and Cub equipment, so a huge thank you to him from us all. Thanks to Kellie and the team at: Portland Magic for the bottle of Port and to Liz Duckworth for the amazing fruit loaf.
Last up were Jackie and Richard Taylor who were nominated by their daughter Kellie for simply being the best parents ever, despite the difficulties they have both faced with their own health and job situations. We understand it has been a very difficult few years, which included the loss of Jackie’s mum and dad. Yet through all of these challenges Jackie continued in her key worker role, caring for local elderly and vulnerable people throughout lockdown. Huge thank you to Tesco, Portland for their generous donation of a £50 gift card to get Christmas off to a bang in this household.