Third set of community heroes recognised in local unsung heroes award scheme


Unity and The Office of Dmitrijs Meiksans MYP are proud to announce the third set of the Test Valley COVID-19 Unsung Heroes Award. The award aims to recognise and highlight the amazing people that have gone above and beyond to assist their local communities throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

This week, the shortlisting panel voted to select Liz Holton, from Lockerly, and Eric Hounslow, from Romsey.

One nominator said about Liz, “Here in Lockerley and surrounding parishes we have a successful Good Neighbours scheme which Liz had recently become the co-ordinator, Liz, set about at the start of the pandemic galvanising volunteers and co-ordinating services to give the people within the area support and information via the village newsletter what they might need to remain safe and supported. As a result, an extra 24 new volunteers came on board to help.

The volunteers were contacting and collecting prescriptions, deliveries of goods were coordinated, necessary trips were safely undertaken to Dr’s dentist and hospitals. The village shop and visiting post offices additional services notified via the Village newsletters. Liz Holton should be credited with her superb voluntary effort. I, therefore, am proud to nominate her for an award.”

Romsey’s Eric Hounslow also received the award, nominations said: “Eric took on the responsibility of organising the volunteer’s rota for the covid vaccinations at Crosfield Hall in Romsey. To start with he would make over 50 phone calls for each week’s shift as well as being a volunteer himself.

He now has organised us into 6 groups. He makes sure everyone is OK, both the volunteers and the jabbers! Even when he is not rostered on he checks in and when it’s busy he gives another shift so the patients are not delayed. He is doing an amazing job helping bring the covid vaccines to Romsey.”

Dmitrijs Meiksans, the organiser of the awards scheme, said, “Yet again, Eric and Liz are examples of the amazing people who have coordinated efforts to assist their local communities”
Nominations are still open to nominate your local unsung hero in Test Valley. Visit to recognise someone today.

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