In Royal Ascot week, the famous racecourse treats local community heroes

To coincide with Royal Ascot, the world-famous racecourse celebrated three local heroes as nominated by NHS Frimley Health Trust and Berkshire Community Foundation respectively by hand-delivering surprise afternoon tea hampers. This was supported by Ascot Official Car partner, Porsche Cars GB, by delivering these hampers in a Cayenne.

Andy Booth and Sheila Bond have both been delivering donated items to front line staff at Wexham park Hospital for the past 3 months.  Between them, they have delivered many thousands of items to front line staff, as well as delivering Tom Kerridge meals every day, indeed in excess of 100 meals every day.  Mike Stone, Voluntary Services Manager for NHS Frimley Health Trust said “we could not have done what we have done without this wonderful "team". I cannot think of anyone else who has done quite so much.”

Our other local hero was Karen Kersley, who has been volunteering for Whitley Community Development Association, helping them run an emergency food response service from Whitley Social Club and Cafe during the crisis.  Karen, a local Whitley resident, was furloughed from her cleaning supervisor job at a local school and came along with her daughter to help out for a couple of days. That was at the end of March and since then Karen has turned up every day and even though she has returned to her full-time job, she still manages to pop in for an hour before she goes to work. Trisha Bennett from WCDA said “Karen is an amazing part of the team, turns her hand to any task and has an amazing sense of humour which helps us through the more stressful, tiring days.”