Ynys Môn MS Rhun ap Iorwerth had the opportunity to pay tribute to some of our local covid champions, as nominated by people from Anglesey, in the Senedd this week.
The opportunity came about as the Welsh Parliament decided they wanted to recognise some of the extraordinary things done by individuals, groups, key workers or businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic to help the most vulnerable and keep communities together, by showcasing them in an online portrait gallery.
Members of the Senedd were invited to nominate up to three champions from their constituency.
Speaking at the Senedd, Rhun ap Iorwerth said:
“I was pleased to be able to nominate covid champions from Ynys Môn for the Welsh Parliament’s gallery. The biggest challenge was to try and choose three out of so many who have given their time and energy to help others during this period, so I put the decision in the hands of the people of Anglesey and invited nominations from constituents via my facebook page.
“The response I received was incredible, with more than 40 nominations for individuals, groups and businesses across the island. And it was so heartening to hear the different stories of all the great work that has been done. So many people have gone above and beyond with their jobs, or volunteered their time, but all have played their part in creating a real community spirit. And their efforts are clearly truly, truly appreciated.
“That is why I sought an opportunity not only to nominate the three with the most nominations for the Senedd’s online gallery, but also to try and say a public thank you to all of those who were nominated. From the octogenarian still volunteering with the food bank to the 7-year-old who walked over 87,000 steps to fundraise. From individuals who organised scrubs, masks, ear defenders and more, to the Llanddeusant postie who did his round in fancy dress to cheer children (and adults!) up during lockdown.
“A huge thank you to you, and all the other covid champions across the island. Please know that you are appreciated.”
The three that received the most nominations from Anglesey were Chippy Chippy (for building true community spirit whilst providing children with free meals), the Gwalchmai Hotel (who fed the vulnerable and organised activities for children as well as setting up a food bank) and Caru Amlwch (for making sure that no one went without in the Amlwch area). The portraits will be displayed as social media posts on the ‘Visiting the Senedd’ social media accounts (Senedd Instagram, Senedd Facebook, Pierhead Twitter) in November – December 2020.
Rhun has also produced a video which he has shared on his social media pages to say a big thank you to our local covid heroes, which can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/rhunynysmon/videos/3569992173065869