Search for unsung heroes

Ripon is being urged to nominate unsung heroes who have made a positive mark on lockdown life.

By Janet Harrison
Thursday, 25th March 2021, 12:03 pm

Dawson Grange, a McCarthy Stone independent living facility for over-60s, is inviting nominations of all ages whose charitable efforts have so far gone unrecognised.

Kevin Robbinson, House Manager at the North Street-based site, said: “It has been a challenging time over the past 12 months, but as often the case, dark times can bring out the best in society and at Dawson Grange we are incredibly lucky to have so many people putting in fantastic efforts and giving up their time.

“From our cleaners to our carers, to members of the public who have helped out with supermarket shopping, sent little cards and gifts or offered to run errands.

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“The selfless actions of those within our local community has been so humbling and we wanted to do something, however small, to say thank you for this and to give all the unsung heroes in Ripon the opportunity to be recognised.”

The firm said a Fortnum & Mason Easter hamper worth £100 - complete with chocolate Easter egg, Easter Simnel and pistachio and clotted cream biscuits, a sweet selection, rhubarb and raspberry conserve and luxury nougat chocolate Easter eggs - is available to an unsung hero who is judged to have made a positive difference in Ripon.

Mr Robbinson added: “It could be someone who has gone that extra mile to help their isolated neighbours, launched an initiative to help emergency workers or made a huge difference to an individual’s life by a simple – but significant act of kindness.”

McCarthy Stone state that all entries must be entitled ‘Lockdown Lifts competition’. Nominate an unsung hero by emailing: [email protected] with the subject header ‘Ripon Lifts’ by the closing date of Thursday April 15 2021. And it state that there will be one winner only.

The winner must agree to publicity and no correspondence can be entered into. Contact details will be passed onto McCarthy Stone so they can contact people if their nominee is chosen but for no other reason.

The full terms and conditions can be found at:

McCarthy Stone offer one and two bedroom apartments with security systems as well as a 24-hour emergency call system and House Manager.