Good for Leigh Winners 2021
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council have once again selected their winners for this year’s Good for Leigh Awards. The recipients are nominated by members of the Council for their hard work and devotion to making Leigh a better place; they are “Good for Leigh.”
We would have normally announced the winners at our Annual Community Meeting, but this was unable to go ahead due to the COVID restrictions. We are hoping to organise an awards evening later in the year to honour our Good for Leigh and Volunteer of the Year recipients for 2020 and 2021.
This year was a truly incredible year for community spirit and we are so proud to have so many wonderful people in our town. The 2021 winners are as follows:
- Belle Sewfragettes - made masks and scrubs during the start of the pandemic when there was a desperate need.
- Eve Kinder - has been made an ambassador for Southend Young Carers, as she helps her sibling with learning difficulties.
- Gracie and Alvina Line - help at the One Love Soup Kitchen. They continued to serve meals throughout lockdown even during great personal sadness.
- Leigh Tin Teams - from the clap for NHS on Thursday nights, a group of neighbours clubbed together to start collecting food for the local foodbanks. This scheme has continued throughout lockdown and is now being extended into Shoebury.
- Marguerite Drive Street Group - Born out of the first lockdown, the group hold foodbank collections and do regular litter picks on their road and other neighbourly initiatives.
- Linda Catling - has brought an amazing amount of cheer to residents of Leigh with her themed crocheted post box "hats." She also handed out treats and flowers on Mother's Day.
- Liz Evans and Linda Mitchell - Former receptionists of Leigh Community Centre, who recently retired, have carried on working with the Council to support the members of our Community Transport Scheme with regular friendly phone calls during lockdown.
- Madison Edwards - a year 7 student, who helped cook for the homeless during lockdown. As well as delivering food parcels and buying colouring books and pens for homeless people living in the woods. She also delivered hundreds of council leaflets to the elderly and vulnerable.
- Michael Cranston - Michael is the founder of the "Smileigh" Facebook group, created as a positive outlet for local people during lockdown. The group has gone on to gain thousands of members worldwide and has also raised money for local charities.
- Millie Whipps - Last Christmas, teenager Millie was so concerned about homeless people that she appealed to friends and family for backpacks and items to fill them with to donate to HARP, as well as buying items with her own money. Millie was also the recipient of our 2020 Citizenship award that we run in partnership with Belfairs Academy.