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Ideal World Heroes

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Published 12 June 2020

Ideal World Heroes

During lockdown, Ideal World wanted to celebrate local heroes who had been going above and beyond to support their communities during this time of crisis. We asked our Facebook followers to nominate people, whether a key worker or someone going that extra mile for their neighbours, and to tell us why they were a hero.

Congratulations to all our worthy winners, who each received a prize bundle of Ideal World goodies worth over £500 to say Thank You for all that they have done for their communities!

We thought you’d like to know a little more about these incredible community heroes, and why they were nominated …


Helen Rosbotham nominated her husband, Steve Rosbotham:

"Steve is a baker working long days 6 days a week baking the nations bread. As a key worker myself we hardly get to see each other but I would love to say thank you".


Roz Tabberer nominated her sister Wendy Taylor:

“My nomination is for my lovely sister Wendy. She’s worked for the NHS for over 35 years- the first 20 years as an A&E receptionist and latterly as the hospital’s main telephonist. Whilst you may think that these are not “frontline” jobs, both roles are key to ensuring that the hospital can run efficiently and that doctors can be urgently sent to the right location when emergency bleeped. She’s 67 now and still working full time. With her vulnerable husband confined at home, she has had to be super vigilant to stay Covid-free. She’s being so brave with her “keep calm and carry on” attitude, but I know underneath she’s been really worried. This wonderful prize has really given her a boost."

Wendy said on finding out she had won:

“I can’t believe that anyone would choose me, it's so lovely to think that someone actually thinks that I am making a difference, thank you”.


Mary Wilson nominated her husband James Riddell:

"I would like to nominate my husband James who cycles for miles in rain, hail, sleet, snow and occasional sunshine to work gruelling 24-hour night shifts caring for vulnerable adults. He is the most caring and compassionate person I know and my hero."


AJ Piper was nominated by her friend Anne Richards:

"I would love to nominate my friend AJ. She is doing a tough job managing Bereavement Services and helps to support families who have lost loved ones in hospital."

AJ commented:

"I would like to say a huge thank you to my key-worker friend Anne for nominating me for the prize. I'm thrilled to have won!"


Craig Goldsmith nominated Ailsa Sheldon:

Ailsa is a GP and mum of three juggling work, home-schooling, a crazy cat and 8 chickens. She is being challenged by having to get her head around a lot of new technology plus she has turned our house into a laundrette sorting clothes for local distribution to those in need."

Ailsa said on learning she was a winner:

"We are all key to making this work fighting COVID-19 but it’s lovely to be appreciated for working in the NHS. It makes it much easier to manage through this challenging time with the public’s support."


Sue McDonald was nominated by Carrie Bee:

"I'd like to nominate Sue for all that she’s doing to help the elderly and vulnerable in our community. Not only is she working full time as a paramedic for the NHS, Cumbria, in her very little spare time she is making hundreds of home cooked meals for people in the community and delivers them to those who need them. She pays for it all herself and makes little boxes of sweet treats as a surprise for them. She’s an amazing, selfless woman, always thinking of others and if anyone deserves a treat it’s Sue."

Sue commented:

"I'm truly humbled to have been nominated and to have been chosen to receive this prize, I feel I'm only doing what is right. I've been making free meals for vulnerable and elderly people on my days off and delivering them. I am just trying to do my bit to help our elderly. They deserve our help especially at this difficult time."


Mags Bostock nominated Akbar Khan:

"Bradford PHAB group has gone online thanks to Akbar who organises zoom fun activities every single night and food deliveries twice a week to keep adults and children with additional needs feeling less isolated and more positive. I’m so proud to nominate him as our community hero."

On learning her had won, Akbar said:

"It means the world to have been nominated for doing something I love to help those less able than ourselves in our community. I am proud to have been selected as one of the winners and will be donating my prize to our charity Bradford PHAB club- Thank you!"


Catherine Hipwell was nominated by her friend Claire Enon:

"My friend Catherine is a hardworking teaching assistant and busy mum. Little ones don’t understand social distancing, but Catherine wipes away their tears, puts plasters on their knees and hugs them when they need it as well as playing with and teaching them and absolutely always with a smile on her face. Plus, parents constantly turn to her for advice and she is always on hand to help them.

When she’s not busy working, she is a single mum home schooling her son. She doesn’t drive but walks miles to shop for her self-isolating mum as well as offering a helping hand to anyone that needs it. She never moans, loves to make people happy and has the kindest heart. She really deserves a treat!"


Anne Richards nominated her friend Joe Lovell:

"Joe is a chef in a care home preparing and cooking the meals for the residents. He has been in most days over lock down and works extra whenever needed. They went down to a handful of staff because they were self-isolating, and he and the temporary manager were keeping the home open and running smoothly. He helped serve the food and helped with maintenance problems so the carers could still keep high standards of care to all living there."