Greater Manchester’s Lockdown Heroes

Hundreds of people are doing their bit in communities across Greater Manchester in the face of the global Pandemic.

They are the ordinary people who have been going above and beyond during the Coronavirus crisis.

From a chef providing free meals to families in need, to the man shaving his head, eyebrows and beard for Bolton intensive care, they are living proof that the worst of times often bring out the best in people.

These are just a handful of the incredible people who have gone out of their way for others over the past year.

Stefan McLaughlin

Like many, Stefan found himself being made redundant from his job because of the pandemic.

In a bid to give back to the community, during his newfound time, Stefan led dance lessons along with other activities for the residents of Lostock Care Home in Northwich.

His passion for helping the elderly and touching volunteer work led to his hiring from the care home as a wellbeing co-ordinator and the awarding of a EatWellMCR hamper, which are being given out to well deserving members of the public as a show of gratitude.

Image: Lostock Care Home, Facebook

Matt Thompson

Chef Matt Thompson, 35, has been helping vulnerable families in his local community of Irlam.

Itching to get back into the kitchen, Matt began cooking and delivering free meals to children and struggling families in and around Irlam and Cadished.

The community have also got involved in Matts efforts, gifting donations of cash and food items to use in the packed lunches.

Image: Matt Tomo Thompson, Facebook

Edwin Green

Over the last 12 months, 69-year-old Salfordian Edwin Green has continuously made efforts to help the community.

Currently raising funds for the Francis House Children’s Hospice, Edwin has also collected and delivered 60 kilos of food in addition to 100 pounds to a Salfordfood bank, as well as raising money to provide christmas dinner for seven families in December last year.

Edwin also raised approxomately 500 pounds for Bolton Intensive Care, by having his head, eyebrows, and beard shaved.

On top of this, Edwin became involved in a Salford Homeless outreach group, where he provided numerous items including food, hand warmers, toiletries and sleeping bags to those living on the streets.

But he isn’t stopping there and has already arranged a bike ride and run in September this year in aid of the Salford Survivors Protect, a charitable organisation raising awareness and providing support for victims of domestic and family abuse.

Image: Edwin Green, Facebook

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