A Torquay barber has been nominated as one of DevonLive’s Covid Heroes for his tireless work helping the community.

Thirty-four-year-old Aram Omar lives in Brixham. Originally from Kurdistan, he has been living in Devon for 8 years and has offered his help free of charge to his community on many occasions, during trying times.

He has been nominated as a DevonLive Covid Hero by Mary Allwood, who shares a young daughter with Aram. Mary said he is a modest person who never looks for thanks, but that she would like his continuous efforts to be recognised.

She said: “He doesn’t do it for recognition. I’ll sometimes say the things he’s done because some people say foreign people come here taking from the country, but he couldn’t be more opposite.”

Aram Omar has been nominated as a Covid Hero for his work within the community

This year, Aram has been providing food free of charge to people in financial difficulty and to those unable to leave their house. After receiving a message about a lady who was struggling to feed her cat, Aram bought £750 worth of pet food to distribute and has also donated hundreds of pounds worth of food to Helping Hands of Brixham.

The group, which was set up by Mary and her friends Abi Shirt and Jade Stuart, helps people from all walks of life, by delivering food parcels and essential items such as toilet roll and cleaning supplies.

Just some of the food Aram has bought for others

Mary, 31, said: “He was bagging it up and delivering it as far as Buckfastleigh.”

Aram, who owns Beri’s barbershop in Brixham, and Bay tyres and car wash Ltd also helped the community after the first lockdown, by offering free hair cuts to older and disabled people facing financial difficulties and children preparing for school.

Mary said: “There was no criteria – you could be a single parent on benefits or in a really well-paid job- because everybody was struggling.” He also regularly cuts the hair of a local homeless man, taking him into his shop.

However, Aram was helping people even before the arrival of Covid-19.

When Devon found itself covered in a thick blanket of heavy snow, Aram decided to help NHS and care staff to get to work. He offered them lifts and also drove around the area scouting for people who might have got themselves stuck in the treacherous conditions.

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At the time, Mary put a post on Facebook group Spotted Torquay to explain that Aram was offering his services, and she said the uptake was huge. “It was calls galore – he must have helped around 250 people. He’d do anything to help”, she said.

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Aram said he doesn’t help people to get noticed and that he feels a bit embarrassed about his nomination. He said whoever and wherever he saw someone in need of any type of help he would help them.





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