A 16-year-old girl who supported her town through the pandemic is one of the nominees for 2021’s CambridgeshireLive Heroes Awards.
Daisy Smith sprung into action at the start of the first lockdown last year, visiting the shops up to three times a day to get supplies for her vulnerable neighbours in Soham, East Cambridgeshire.
Juggling school work and volunteering to make sure everyone was cared for, Daisy’s selfless behaviour exemplifies the quiet heroism that helped so many across the UK.
“My grandparents live far away,” said Daisy, “so it was hard to think of them in that situation and if nobody helped them that would be really frustrating.”
While we were separated from loved ones during lockdowns, the community spirit of towns like Soham came into its own.
Daisy, who was 15 at the time, jumped to support a community project that her Mum and a friend set up called ‘Handy Helpers’.
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The Facebook page was a place for people to arrange help for others, especially the elderly, disabled, and those living alone, and Daisy threw herself into meeting their needs.
She walked the length of Soham, near Ely, buying and delivering shopping, on prescription runs, or fulfilling a simple newspaper delivery and stopping for a chat.
Daisy continued: “I think it did really mean a lot to them, because at the beginning it was really really hard for them to see their families.
“So just the fact that they could still see people and speak to people and talk about it all.”
Helping others while adapting to online learning during her first year of GCSEs was a challenge.
“So whenever I’d get a chance I’d just nip up to the shop and go and get their things and come back and finish my school work,” she said.
The Soham community kept her motivated, however.
“It is really just a wonderful community,” Daisy said.
“Through it all we were helping each other out, making sure we’ve all got that support, and making sure nobody was in their house sitting by themselves without the things that they should have had.”
Daisy’s mum Natalie Whiterod nominated her for the ‘Young Heroes’ category of this news site’s new awards.
The awards will celebrate and honour the achievements of the remarkable people who make the region a better place – and you can read more about the different categories here.
With the winners announced at an awards ceremony on September 21, there’s still plenty of time to nominate your local heroes .
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