Community Heroes

Good News Story Campaign 

In recognition of the amazing work-taking place within communities across Hull and the East Riding, in partnership with HEY Smile and other organisations, we have launched a new campaign called #CovidCommunityHereos to celebrate and thank those people who are going above and beyond to help make a difference during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you know someone who has made a positive difference to their local community, or you have been helped by someone and you would like to say thank you, please let us know by clicking here to download and complete the nomination form

Once complete;
Hull residents, please email:

East Riding residents, please email:


Good News Stories Received So Far...

Thank you

Here are the lovely good news stories we have recieved so far, showing the amazing work people have been doing to support each other during the Covid-19 lockdown. 


Men in Sheds Haltemprice

Men in Sheds are already making a difference to the Haltemprice community

Alan Bowmaster from the newly formed Haltemprice Men in Sheds group has shared with us how the group has continued to thrive, despite the challenges of the pandemic and lockdown.

Men in Sheds is a national initiative aimed specifically at older men (although anyone is welcome to join) to invite them to take part in making and mending activities, such as woodworking, metalwork and electronics. “Shedders” also get involved in community projects such as restoring and maintaining village features and green spaces and they also undertake projects for vulnerable people in need. Men in Sheds also offers members to chance to build strong social connections, helping to combat loneliness, as well as allowing them to just enjoy the fun and camaraderie of the group.

Screenshot of a video call

Despite being in its infancy, the Haltemprice Men in Sheds group has quickly established itself and they are planning to set up a community hub in Anlaby.

They hold their virtual meetings every Tuesday morning and already have electricians, joiners, engineers and more on board to help make a difference in the community.

Alan said: “The different skills and energy that are there from people of a certain age is amazing.

Already the difference it has made to the lives of those involved is incredible.”

Their resident IT expert has set up a website and is publishing a newsletter, as well as helping members with their laptops and mobile phones.

Kind-hearted people have also donated hundreds of pounds worth of equipment and the group are already out at work in the community, with social distancing measures in place. Two members recently erected a fence for somebody in need.

Alan also offered special thanks to Carole Johnson of Humber and Wolds Rural Action for her invaluable help and guidance which has allowed the group to progress so quickly.

We’d like to say thank you and shine a spotlight on helpful groups like Men in Sheds who have continued to support their members and their communities, despite the unprecedented challenges we have all faced. Thank you!


Sewing scrubs for the NHS

Sew amazing! Bridlington sewers get creative to help the NHS

Sisters Avril and Maria are two of the super sewers in Bridlington who rallied round to make scrubs and protective items for the local NHS.

Avril at the sewing machine

A team of around 50 talented sewers from across the town took the time to lovingly stich together scrubs, face masks and wash bags for staff working at Bridlington and Scarborough Hospitals, as well as GP surgery and care home staff.

Avril and Maria set up their own mini-production line, with Avril doing most of the pattern-making, cutting and sewing while Maria did the groundwork, pinning and tacking, as well as some fundraising amongst some local businesses. They really had to ‘make do and mend’ – making use of unused wallpaper for patterns and tins of baked beans as handy makeshift anchors!Maria in her mask

The sisters were nominated by Jane Tye as our COVID Community Heroes, but we’d also like to show thanks and shine a spotlight on everybody who has taken their time, patience, care and skills to make items for NHS staff. We also offer thanks to the local businesses whose donations have funded the materials. You are all our community heroes!



Hull and East Riding Breast Friends

We say ‘thank you’ to HER Breast Friends for being there for those affected by breast cancer

Although their premises have had to close due to the pandemic, it hasn’t stopped Hull and East Riding (HER) Breast Friends from working hard to support those who need them.

Person with a bag of knittingHER Breast Friends is a registered charity, founded in 2005 to bring together those affected by breast cancer and celebrate their courage and strength. They offer support and encouragement to people wherever they are in their breast cancer journey, organising projects, activities and workshops to empower and educate, as well as provide an outlet for survivors to show off their skills and share their experiences.

Their manager, trustees and volunteers have been working from their homes to support those who need their services and beyond.

The charity has had to reshape the support they offer in line with the current circumstances and have introduced lots of items to help keep vulnerable and isolated members and supporters active and engaged during COVID-19.

Keeping regular contact with members, helping with shopping and medication, delivering gift packs to patients at Castle Hill Hospital, crafting dolls, hats and cushions, continuing to run their Bra Bank and Wig Bank and running a fun weekly quiz for members are just some of the good things they’ve been doing during these unprecedented times. To read more about what HER Breast Friends have been up to, click here to read their online newsletter.

We’d like to offer a massive thank you to everybody at HER Breast Friends. Their valuable work has supported people during a difficult time that’s been made even more uncertain due to the uncertainty of the pandemic.

If you would like to contact HER Breast Friends, you can find their details below:

HER Breast Friends, The Octagon, Walker Street, Hull HU3 2RA
Tel: 01482 221368
Facebook: Hull & East Riding Breast Friends
Twitter: @herbreastfriend
Instagram: HER Breast Friends


Lyndsey Fielding, South Cave Parish Council

Kind-hearted Lyndsey is the heart and soul of South Cave

Lyndsey Fielding, Clerk to the South Cave Parish Council, has been nominated as one of East Riding’s COVID Community Heroes for the amazing support she has offered to the community of South Cave.


Lyndsey has been Clerk to the South Cave Parish Council for some years, but since the pandemic broke out, she has stepped up another gear in her unfaltering commitment to her community.

Lyndsey has co-ordinated a team of around 65 volunteers who have supported the people of South Cave when they’ve needed it, helping them with dog walking, shopping, collecting prescriptions or just calling for a friendly chat. She has also created a Facebook page ‘South Cave Residents – Good People Doing Good’ with many contributors sharing their acts of kindness and messages of thanks.

Lyndsey led the VE celebrations, decorating the village and inspiring others to get involved. She even live streamed the laying of the wreath online, so that everybody could still enjoy it from the safety of their homes. Even despite a heart-breaking setback which saw some of the flags and bunting stolen, Lyndsey’s renewed determination spurred her and the rest of village into making the day even more special.

Her nominator Louise said: “Thank you Lyndsey for your unwavering enthusiasm, passion and commitment to South Cave. You have been the lynchpin of the village throughout the pandemic. All villages should have ‘a Lyndsey’, the world would be a better place!”

Lyndsey said: “I’m maintaining connections with residents and volunteers, which is a continuous task but very fulfilling.  I thoroughly enjoy helping others and seeing others enjoy their environment. I’m aware this situation will be having a drastic impact on mental health so I’m keen to ensure spirits are lifted and positivity spread through the community.”

It's clear to see Lyndsey's kind heart and positive attitude has inspired so many in her community. Thank you to Lyndsey and the team of volunteers working across South Cave to help others!


The Beverley Street Dancers

Socially-distanced dances in Beverley provide a thrill for the street

The Griffin family told us how their street in Beverley is keeping community spirit alive with a series of socially-distanced street dances along to their favourite hits.

Every Sunday, all the neighbours came out onto their drives to dance to a different party classic each week. The videos were posted to a local Beverley Facebook group where they drew some fantastic responses from people in the community.

After eight weeks of dancing, they decided to start practicing routines at home to ensure they could socially distance throughout and take the dances to the street.

Paul Griffin said: “The children down our street were really missing each other and wanted to do something to bring the street together, so they came up with the idea of doing a street dance.

The children have loved doing this, so have the rest of the street. In fact, we don't know when this will end as we already have many ideas for the coming weeks.

Doing these street dances has really brought our neighbourhood together and I don't see it changing after lockdown. We also had a fantastic VE day celebrations including someone's Grandad surprising the street with him playing the Last post on his bugle which was very moving for many of the street members.”

Thank you to Paul for highlighting this story to us and thank you to all the street dancers for bringing the community together and helped put a smile on peoples’ faces!

This video below shows the residents dancing along to the Michael Jackson classic Thriller:


Colin Pearson, Motor Neurone Disease Association

Colin and his colleagues find new ways to support East Riding MND patients during the pandemic

Colin Pearson is the Area Support Co-ordinator for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, covering East Yorkshire and he’s been highlighted as one of our COVID Community Heroes.Person

Colin was nominated by Jane Tye from the Bridlington Motor Neurone Disease support group. His work helps those living with and affected by MND, supporting patients with complex issues. He works alongside local health and social care professionals and local support groups and he also manages the charity’s volunteers.

Since the pandemic, Colin and his colleagues have had to work differently to support people through these unprecedented times. He and local volunteers have been working even harder to maintain contact with those affected by MND based on their needs.

They have held their support meetings virtually to ensure people are not left feeling isolated whilst shielding. People with MND are one of the vulnerable groups who had to shield themselves at the start of the pandemic.

They have hosted a ‘Caring for our Carers’ online pamper session with Dove House Hospice in celebration of Carers Week (8-14 June). They will now be holding regular carers sessions over the coming months to ensure people continue to be supported.

Colin also facilitates regular virtual meetings with specialist nurses, meeting fortnightly to ensure that they support each other, pick up any issues that need resolution and identify any gaps within local services, whilst also supporting volunteers virtually.

MNDA logo

Colin said: “It has been difficult adapting from the usual face-to-face support that we provide and learning new skills as we are not able to use our usual methods of observing body language, dealing with communication difficulties within the new online environment, as well as varying capabilities of technology!

However, we have managed to develop new forms of support and keep existing forms going within a new format, which in some instances has allowed others who have been home bound before the pandemic to integrate where they were not able to. Whilst we try and embrace online support, we hope that we will soon be able to meet person to person again as that physical interaction and support is being missed as people try to navigate their journey with this terminal illness.”

Despite the challenges that the pandemic brings, Colin and his colleagues have managed to find innovative new ways to continue offering their vital support to people with MND and their loved ones. Thank you Colin!


The Hinge, Bridlington 

Local charity go above and beyond to help vulnerable and deprived families in Bridlington during Covid-19.

Neil, a Bridlington resident submitted a nomination to the NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG, as a way of thanking Jo Sanders from The Hinge Centre in Bridlington for all her hard work during this difficult time.

Group of peopleHere is what Neil said, Jo is the Centre Manager and she has worked way over her hours to support the local community, keeping The Hinge’s key services to Bridlington’s deprived communities running during the Covid-19 lockdown. The whole staff have worked above and beyond their normal duties, but Jo has been leading by example, through innovation and sheer hard work.

Jo has run the Bridlington Hub and taken control of delivery in the Havenfield Estate and anywhere else in Bridlington where needed, in partnership with and guided by East Riding Council. It has resulted in what is now accepted as the most efficient and successful COVID-19 emergency hub in the whole of the East Riding.”

The Hinge Centre is a locally run charity based in the heart of the Havenfield estate in Bridlington. The support they offer includes benefit and welfare support, job club, after school clubs, holiday clubs, art for health, independent living, community support and resettlement support.

Jo, The Hinge Centre Manager said, ‘I was very surprised to hear that I had received a Community Hero nomination. The Hinge Team as a whole have really stepped up during the Coronavirus crisis to continue to support the local community.

The Hinge Centre buildingIt’s our passion for our town and community that drive us to provide the support that we do and even during ‘lockdown’ the team have continued to work remotely, to the best of their ability. We have adapted and will continue to adapt to the ever changing government guidelines to ensure we meet the needs of our community.

I am extremely proud of each of them and proud to be the Manager of The Hinge Centre.’


Goole pebble snake

Goole pebble snake puts a smile on childrens' faces

Residents in Goole have been adding their colourful creations to the Goole pebble snake that’s taking shape outside the park on Murham Avenue.

Person and child outside

Goole resident Megan started the snake after her sister was inspired by a video she saw online. Once Megan and her little boy Noah started with the first two pebbles, the community joined in and started adding their own decorative pebbles.

The Goole pebble snake currently stands at 178 pebbles long and is still growing.

Megan said: “We are amazed at how much interest it’s got and how far it’s come. My son Noah can now see it from his bedroom window. We love how it adds some brightness to the street and keeps people connected.

It has given the children something to do. It’s fun for them, bright and colourful and keeps them connected to their school friends. But most of all, it puts a smile on people’s faces.”

What Megan and her family have started is a great example of how communities across our area have come together to keep each other’s spirits up, despite the strain the pandemic puts on all of us. Thank you Megan and Noah, and thank you Goole!


Slimming World Brough

East Riding Slimming World Group donates over 350 low calorie chocolate bars to their local GP Practice to say ‘Thank You’.

A Slimming World Consultant in Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire has kindly donated over 350 low fat chocolate bars to her local GP Practice ‘The Ridings Medical Group’ as a thank you to the staff for all their hard work during the Covid-19 pandemic.Person with Slimming World food

Jo Longley said, “As a Consultant for Slimming World I was really pleased to be able to donate some Hi-Fi bars to the Ridings Medical Group, as a way of saying thank you to the staff for all their hard work and in recognition of all the sacrifices they have made during the current Covid-19 situation. 

They really are going above and beyond to help the residents of Brough and surrounding villages stay safe and healthy.

I hope the bars make their day a little brighter.”

Jo Longley runs the Brough Slimming World Group, supporting over 80 local men and women to lose weight. Jo runs two groups who meet every Tuesday Person outside Brough Surgeryat 5pm and 7pm at the Methodist Church, Welton Road.

Rebecca Rowe, Practice Manager said, “On behalf of the Ridings Medical Group, I would like to say a huge thank you to Slimming World Brough for their kind donation of chocolate hi-fi bars, they will be a lovely sweet treat for all the staff to enjoy!

We have all been working so hard over the last few weeks to make sure our practice and branch practices are available for our patients who need medical help, so it is really heart-warming to know that the local community appreciates all our hard work during this difficult time.”


Bundles of Joy

Local charity Bundles of Joy can now support more families with new supermarket discount

Local charity Bundles of Joy are set to benefit from a 10% discount at supermarket chain Morrisons thanks to NHS Hull Clinicial Commissioning Group. 

The charity, founded by Claire Raper, works with Hull and East Riding based NHS teams, including midwives and social workers, to identify families in need of extra support and supply them with essentials such as clothes, nappies and even mosses baskets.

Person in front of posterDuring the coronavirus pandemic, the charity’s work has increased, with more and more families finding themselves needing help due to being out of work or on a reduced income.

On top of donations from local residents and businesses, the charity team also purchase products such as nappies and toiletries, using money that has been donated or award through grants, from local supermarkets.

When Claire heard that Morrisons PLC were offering 10% discount for NHS staff, she reached out to the head of the NHS Hull CCG Champion Programme, for her help to see if the discount could be extended to Bundles of Joy, so they could provide even more essentials for even more families across Hull and the East Riding.

Claire said: “I contacted Christine from Hull CCG and she said, leave it with me, I’ll see what I can do. The next thing I know she’s coming back to me to tell me it’s all sorted. It will make a huge difference to us as a small charity. Morrisons have been so brilliant in allowing us to join the discount scheme, we can’t thank them enough.”

To find out more about the work of Bundles of Joy, please click here.

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