After receiving so much support from children on his round throughout the pandemic, one of North Devon Council’s green bin lorry drivers decided to give something back.

Back at the beginning of the first lockdown, five year-old twins Emma and Sophie Lincoln loved colouring-in thank you messages for the bin men.

One of them was Den Scott, who has now returned the favour and has been delivering advent calendars and chocolate selection packs back to homes where children left him drawings and thank you letters.

Bin man Den Scott beside his truck

Den said: “The drawings and thank you letters we have been receiving from the children on our round have really lifted our spirits throughout this pandemic and kept us going even when things were really tough.

“As Christmas is going to be so different this year, we wanted to spread a little festive cheer and thank the children and their families for all the support we’ve had from them.”

Emma and Sophie were delighted to receive their advent calendar, and their mum Louise said: “I’m so glad it’s December now as they have been asking everyday since they were delivered when they can open them. They were really happy with the gifts and we are so grateful to the waste and recycling teams for everything they have done throughout the pandemic.”

twins Emma (right) and Sophie (left) with their advent calendars
twins Emma (right) and Sophie (left) with their advent calendars

COVID HEROES

Devon is full of kind, caring and incredible people.

While this year has been extremely difficult, the kindness of a handful of individuals across the region has shone through.

People have gone above and beyond to make each other smile and communities have pulled together to support the vulnerable, isolated and struggling.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought concerns about not only our physical wellbeing but mental health too.

As the year comes to a close, and new restrictions come in to force, let’s take a moment to thank those who have made this difficult year that bit easier.

twins Emma and Sophie with mum Louise and their grandparents back in the summer proudly showing off their picture for the collection crews
twins Emma and Sophie with mum Louise and their grandparents back in the summer proudly showing off their picture for the collection crews

Maybe you saw a local business helping isolating pensioners get shopping, or you spotted a neighbour help pick up medical supplies for those who could not get out.

Did your fitness class instructor set up an online community to help those feeling lonely? Or maybe you want to sing the praises of a local councillor, who went above and beyond.

Perhaps you know an inspirational NHS worker who you think deserves some recognition.

Big or small, the acts of others can really make a difference. So, why don’t you tell us who the Covid Heroes of your community are?

All we need you to do is fill in the form above and nominate a person, organisation or group that has made a difference to your life in 2020.





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