Winner: Rebecca Diss
Over the years this remarkable woman has done so much for her community that perhaps she might be better known as Superwoman.
She is a local swimming coach and has been for 26yrs.
She helps at her local church with the children’s liturgy and the cleaning.
She takes part in many charity events, including multiple triathlons, London to Southend bike rides, abseiling, pier swims, sponsored walks, Maldon mud race, duke of Edinburgh fund raising and is currently doing the lantern walk against hunger.
She has been involved in rugby for nearly 30 years, where she has been vice captain, ladies manager (ongoing), vice youth chair, fixture secretary for both youth and ladies, youth coach (8 seasons), ladies coach (ongoing), webmaster and press secretary, and club captain.
Nominator Alison Kirkham said
“She has been an avid supporter and leader with the Brownies for over 11 years. 4 years ago, she got involved with the Guides as their numbers had depleted to 6 members. During these 4 years the numbers have increased to 25. Much of this is down to her positiveness, encouragement, and boundless energy, above all she makes everything fun. She worked at the local primary school for many years (helping coach rugby and various other sports there). On top of all she does ‘Specks’ has raised 3 wonderful children with her husband Richard. She truly is a remarkable woman that, for as long as I have known her, has given up so much time, energy, and love, for so many people in the community, she does all this as she genuinely loves to help”.
Highly Commended: Warren Schofield
Warren, a Type 1 Diabetic, noticed when needing help at a gym one evening that the First Aid boxes contained no medication to assist his condition. He then set about personally raising funds to be able to supply, what could prove to be lifesaving kits and medication, free of charge to venues and businesses across Essex. As a result of his meetings, he has successfully placed kits in many places including Lakeside Shopping Centre, Sea life Centre, Peter Pans playground and many others including all the Pure Gyms.
Highly Commended: Noah's Rainbow
Noah Wright was born a healthy
twin but aged just three he was diagnosed with a ‘Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma’, otherwise known as DIPG. The average survival time from diagnosis is nine months. The family were put in touch with Little Havens, who explained how the hospice could support Noah, his twin sister Ella, and their parents Kat and Nick through this difficult time in their lives. Sadly, Noah was to die in 2020, aged just four years old. His family ensured that his name was to live on through ‘Noah’s Rainbow,’ fundraising for Abbie’s Army (an organisation supporting specific research into DIPG) and Little Havens, which had supported the family throughout Noah’s illness and continues to do so.
Since Noah’s death, Noah’s Rainbow has raised over £14,000, for the two charities.
Highly Commended: Joy Dorrell
As Covid hit in 2020 Joy realised that the funds of Hospices would be greatly affected. With the help of her friends and neighbor’s she organised a daily street sale where passers by could purchase donated books, DVD’s, bric-a-brac, and games. What was, at first, thought of as a one-off became a regular, well supported feature. Joy has raised, so far, an Incredible £7,000 for Farleigh Hospice.