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Local Community Heroes - Part Two

With the government announcing a three-week extension to the current lockdown, we continue to see amazing people across our community step up to help those in need. We wanted to continue spreading the positivity in these dark days and highlight those selfless people and organisations in our local community.

This week we saw Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old Army veteran originally from West Yorkshire raise millions for the NHS by doing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. The current total has surpassed a staggering £21m, with the funds continuing to rise daily! What a fantastic achievement for this amazing gentleman!


Local artist Rachel List has been paying tribute to the NHS and emergency services by creating murals around Pontefract. These amazing pieces of art have been popping up over the past few weeks with messages such as ‘stay safe’ and ‘we’re all in this together’. Residents are delighted and have been sharing them online, as it gives them something to look forward to seeing whilst on their daily exercise routes. Rachel has also just completed the fantastic piece below, honouring Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising effort.


What a wonderful act which is bringing smiles to so many faces!

You can check out Rachels work on her Facebook page:


Volunteers in Sheffield are coming together and sewing scrubs for NHS workers who are the midst of the pandemic. Sheffield Scrubs Up was a group originally set up on Facebook to organise the urgent needs for scrubs across the area, with many skilled seamstresses in the local region volunteering their time and skills to this cause. Following the fantastic response the group received, they quickly realised it would soon become unmanageable to handle all the scrub requests and volunteer offers through social media, which is why the group grew into what it is now.


Amy, Kinsey and Becky are the coordinators for the South Yorkshire area, with a simple missions to get scrubs to those who need them by utilising the talents of hundreds of local sewers and seamstresses to get more PPE to where it is needed. The team who had skills in data management, fundraising and events managed to set up a local crowdfunding campaign and began getting materials out to volunteers for them to start.

Local businesses, like Core Climbing, have worked with the group to print reusable pattern pieces which have been distributed, and they’re currently arranging with others to get their next order of fabric pre-cut into bundles, so that their centralised delivery team can deliver to volunteers who have signed up through their website.

You can find out more about the fantastic work the group are doing on their website:


Doncaster based charity, Pheonix WoMens Aid have supported victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse in the area since 2016. They currently have a Female and Family refuge and have received a huge increase in referrals since the lockdown restrictions came into play, stretching their services to the limits. Their volunteers are still working around the clock and are looking to open a new Male and Family refuge in Doncaster – which will be a first of its kind for the area.

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions in place their charity shop has had to close, cutting off a vital source of donations. The volunteers are working hard to continue to offer this fantastic service during this trying time, and are upping their fundraising efforts to ensure they are able to sustain their refuge with supplies and support.

You can find out more about the charity here:


It’s great to see so many amazing and selfless acts during this crisis – keep up the fantastic work everyone.

If you would like to be featured in our next instalment or know of any great people doing great things then please let us know.