Unsung heroes get gifts to recognise their goodwill and wonderful deeds

The Cando Club, Raunds
The Cando Club, Raunds

Santa’s little helpers have been busy giving out gifts to recognise unsung heroes who go the extra mile to help others.

Staff from Spire Homes and Keepmoat asked for nominations for people who deserved to receive one of their 12 Good Christmas Deeds.

Sharon Boot, customer engagement officer at Spire Homes, said: “We were really overwhelmed with the nominations for our 12 Good Christmas Deeds. There were some lovely suggestions.

“Spire Homes is all about building stronger communities, so it’s great to be giving a little something to those who are going the extra mile to make a difference, as well as doing something for community groups to make their Christmas special.

“It’s great to be working with our contractor, Keepmoat on this as well; we share a passion for making a difference and Christmas is the perfect time of year to do just that.”

Nina. who runs Rush 2the Den Youth Club in Rushden was nominated by Joanne whose children attend the club. She was given a Christmas tree for people who use the hall for events to enjoy.

Joanne said: “Nina does so much for the community. It’s lovely to be giving her something to help make the club a bit more festive.

“When I saw that Spire Homes and Keepmoat were doing good deeds, I knew that they could help Nina get decorations. She’d mentioned it before but she wasn’t sure how much she’d be able to get.”

The Monday Munch Club at Oundle Middle School was another to receive a gift.

Keepmoat community liaison manager Julie Baker said: “The Monday Munch Club is clearly very popular, 100 elderly or disabled people from in and around Oundle attend it every month and we think that’s more than deserving of a good deed. We’re glad everyone had a lovely meal and enjoyed the chocolates.”

Those behind Rushden Swimming Club received several nominations from parents who wanted to give them something special for their dedication to teaching.

Em, one of the parents who nominated them, said: “There are nearly 100 children who attend the swimming club every week and these guys give up a lot of their time to coach the kids so we wanted to do something special for them.

“We think the gifts are a great way to help us show our appreciation for all their hard work.”

Cando Care in Raunds is a not-for-profit organisation which provides day care for elderly and vulnerable people. They provide a hot meal and activities five days a week.

Maria nominated them and said: “I work with a lot of people in sheltered accommodation in the area and I know that Cando Care is a lifeline for so many in the community. The people there are fantastic, they have loads of energy and are always willing to go the extra mile to make a difference.”

Sharon, a nurse at Rushden’s Harborough Field Surgery, was nominated by one of her patients, Roger.

He said: “Sharon has always been a wonderful nurse.

“She’s battled through adversity to maintain a fantastic service that’s warm and friendly, which is just what you need when you have to go to the doctors.

“I’m delighted Spire Homes and Keepmoat have been able to do a good deed for Sharon. She thoroughly deserves it.”