WREXHAM'S MP Sarah Atherton has celebrated local Covid community champions.

In April, Ms Atherton launched a campaign to celebrate those in the town and the surrounding area that have given back to the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

In light of the pandemic being hard on so many people across the town but community spirit of many in Wrexham remaining as strong as ever, Ms Atherton said that she wanted “to celebrate those that have given back to the community during these tough times”.

Ms Atherton has now announced the winners of her search for Wrexham’s ‘Covid Champions’, saying that she had “so many amazing nominations, all of whom showed that Wrexham’s community-minded spirit had in no way subsided during the pandemic.”

The three winners announced by Ms Atherton were:

  • Savannah Lloyd, who helped support the community across Caia Park through youth engagement, delivering prescriptions and helping with food parcels
  • James Heyward, the Wrexham Cadet Detachment Commander at Hightown Barracks, who continued the work of the Cadets throughout the pandemic and expanded the activities of the cadets to focus on mental health issues, and building confidence and resilience
  • Carys Hughes, an older people’s worker at the Caia Park Partnership who delivered newsletters, Christmas cards from local schools and presents to help older members of the Caia Park community during this tough time

Commenting on the work of all three throughout the pandemic, Ms Atherton said: “I was blown away by the hard work all three put into their roles throughout the pandemic – Savannah, James and Carys all showed a strong community-spirit and sense of duty that I believe should be recognised, welcomed and most importantly celebrated. Well done to the three of you and thank you for all you have done!

“My search for Wrexham’s Covid Community Champion had so many excellent responses, which made it very hard to decide on the winners! Nonetheless, all that were nominated should be proud of the work they have done to support the community throughout these difficult months.”

Ms Atherton also gave honourable mentions to the Medical Day Unit at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital, the Welsh Blood Service collection team, the Community Outreach team at Xplore! Science Centre and WeMindTheGap, all larger organisations that she said had “continued to provide excellent services to the Wrexham community throughout the pandemic, despite all of the associated challenges and risks which has been appreciated by many and certainly deserves recognition”.