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Hall Of Heroes

Isle of Wight Radio wants to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who is going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.

New entries added at the bottom of the story

We have started an exclusive HALL OF HEROES to celebrate all the amazing people and good deeds which are being done!

For the last two weeks on the Breakfast Show, we’ve been mentioning some of the incredible people who have been making a huge difference.

We know how important key workers are - including, everyone in health and social care, education and childcare, key public services, local and national Government, supermarket staff, utilities, communication and finance, public safety, security and transport.

Shout outs and nominations have been flying into us!

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust ICU (Intensive Care Unit) team decided to add some fun to their day during their break!

Our ICU team created a ‘positive dance’ in the bit of downtime they had...brilliant ladies well done 👏 #TeamIOWNHS what are you doing to keep team spirits up? BBC News This Morning ITV News Meridian Island Echo IWRadio Isle of Wight County Press Isle of Wight Council

Posted by Isle of Wight NHS Trust on Monday, March 30, 2020


Isle of Wight police officers dropped off some special wellbeing and care packages to St Mary's Hospital!

Thank You

Good evening everyone - I have just recieved this update from Acting Inspector Sam Warne who is the duty inspector this evening: At 2000hrs this evening representatives from our Response and Patrol, Neighbourhood Policing and Joint Operations Unit were present to congratulate staff at St Mary’s Hospital on the fantastic job they are doing in extremely difficult circumstances. We presented them with a welfare pack of gifts to keep them going - all at a safe distance. Thank you to all of our hard working health and social care colleagues - we are grateful for everything you are doing. Insp Matt

Posted by Isle of Wight Police on Monday, March 30, 2020

The team at the Isle of Wight Distillery have been making hand sanitiser and distributing it to St Mary's Hospital, GPs, schools and other key workers!

] Xavier Baker - Isle of Wight Distillery

Staff at Regent Pharmacy in Shanklin have been praised for their hard work!

Shout out to all the pharmacists and dispensers working their socks off, especially Lloyds Pharmacy in Ryde - from Jane Batchelor.

Here he is, the singing Paramedic, Paul Mattick - bringing some cheer!

I'm very proud of what I do. I feel for each and everyone of you key workers and what you are going through. Tonight was very special. The nation got behind you this is my small offering to all of you. Not the best of songs to have chosen it would have been better with my wing man and you can't really read the notices but like they say it's the thought that counts... Feel Free to Share with a Key Worker that you know Paul x

Posted by Paul Mattick on Thursday, March 26, 2020

Shout out to all the firefighters who are supporting frontline services and to all the dental staff workers!

Shout out to AGE UK Isle of Wight and all the volunteers!

Shout out to all the waste collectors (bin men/women) on the Island.

Shout out to all of the delivery drivers, postal workers and activities coordinators!

Isle of Wight Socialising Buddies have been out and about supporting 60 clients around the Island.

Isle of Wight Socialising Buddies

Shout out to Dan Kozaceywz and his Black Arts Graphics team who have turned their hand to making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for St Mary's Hospital frontline workers!

Shout out to all the supermarket workers and shops selling essential goods.


Shout out to all the bus drivers and ferry workers who are providing a vital service for essential travel.


The Fisherman's cottage in Shanklin have been making food for vulnerable Islanders.


The Yarbridge Inn have been making and delivering hundreds of meals to emergency workers and vulnerable Islanders. 

Yarbridge Inn

The Yarbridge team has now hit 1,000 meals! More here.


Richard Fox (left) who runs the Yarbridge Inn pub with his mum and sister

Yates Brewery has delivered thousands of bottles of orange juice to St Mary's Hospital.


Yates Brewery donating orange juice to St Mary's Hospital

CNC Coatings Ltd has donated all of its left over face masks to the hospital.


RJC Autos in Sandown is offering free winter vehicle checks to all NHS staff and key workers - and also fixed a car after a nurse became stranded.

Shout out to the carers at Accomplish, D.Care and all of the other Island care homes who are doing everything they can to support and reassure vulnerable Islanders.


Shout out to Charlotte Hook and Leanne Palin who have set up an IOW Chase the Rainbow page!


Shout to all the staff at Easthill Care Home for the Deaf in Ryde, who are keeping everyone's spirits up!


Downside Community Centre are helping and supporting vulnerable residents.

[ (Left to right): Kirsty Gwilliam (Café Assistant); Rachel Thomson (Community Centre Manager); and Wendy Parsons (Café Supervisor)


Shout out to all the staff at Boots stores on the Island - including the team at Boots Ventnor - from Barbara.

Boots Ventnor

Shout out to all of the teachers who are still working in schools for the children of key workers- and those helping children and parents with school work. Added to that, a shout to all the cooks making sure children are getting fed.


Shout to Island Free School teacher, Ashley Brett, who is doing online workouts for children!

Shout out to Paul Bentley from Four Winds Dairy - from Dawn!


Shout to Sharon Tate who has been keeping everyone entertained with her videos - from Kerry and Shirley!


Please mention to the team at Island Roads who are with any incidents on the roads!


CNC Coatings LTD in Sandown has donated all its left over face masks, while RJC Autos has been offering free vehicle checks for NHS workers. They even came to the rescue of a nurse to fix her car.


Shout to Parita Patel from Delish Indian. She's made hot food for staff at St Mary's and delivered it to the hospital. She's thanked Island Foods for supplying chicken and Roots and Fruits for supplying mushrooms and peppers. Parita is hoping Island businesses can keep supplying food so she can continue making the meals.

Abbie has been in touch and wants to shout out to Cherry Trees Residential Home in Cowes, while Tracie Green says a big thank you and hello to Autumn House in Sandown.


Michael Brooke is nominating two groups - the guys and girls who take our rubbish away every week and the team from Island Roads who are keeping our streets clean.


Mason Parker wants to shout out for all the water and waste water staff at Southern Water on the Isle of Wight.


Sarah Elliott wants to give a big heroes shout out to all my colleagues at Housing Services at the Isle of Wight Council who are working hard to support those who are homeless on the Island. Also to The Pop Up Soup Kitchen who are busy prepping food and getting parcels out there for those in need!


A big shout out to Barrow Boys in Ryde who are working around the clock to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for their customers!


From Donna - Lillie who is 8 wanted me to share with you that she's been staying home and working really hard (lots of hours) to make rainbow pictures for our windows.

Lillie with one of her special pictures

Sandown Carnival Association has presented (from a distance) a donation of £750 to The Isle Of Wight FoodBank.

The financial boost will help support those most in need in the Sandown Bay area during the current coronavirus crisis.

Sandown Carnival Association

Can you give a shout out for Board Cafe who are running free online quizzes for children for educational purposes and adults to keep them happy whilst in lock down. At the same time they have a just giving page to raise money for the NHS. More here.


Jess Bishop and Josh Hammond initially handed out the vanilla-iced treats to residents at Orchard House Care Home in Newport. They then received an influx of orders Islandwide.

The pair have now baked and iced 480 vanilla cupcakes in a week, with future deliveries planned already – including for Island paramedics. More here..


All the milkmen and women carrying out deliveries deserve a shout out!


Brownriggs in Godshill are doing all they can to produce fresh goods on the Island. They are also delivering and have arranged a special collection service.


From Tina Attrill - Can you give a clap for all the Reablement Team at Community Outreach Services, the team are all key workers,the support workers going into people home to support their needs, to all the staff in the office, and those working from home to keep this vital service going.


Arty shakes in Shanklin have been delivering pottery kits with paint, brushes, and some goodies to children across the Island. They are now started sending free packs out to families in need who can’t afford the packs for their children.


Bev has started Healing for the IOW on Facebook. It's encouraging people to sit in quiet refection at 5pm every day for 15 minutes to send healing, kindness, positivity and warm thoughts to all those affected by Covid 19 on our beautiful Island and beyond.


The youngsters at Theatretrain have put a song together on the Isle of Wight to help raise spirits!


Eazi Bar - run by Michael Figg and Hayley Woodward have bought and delivered 600 Easter Eggs to the staff at St Mary's Hospital. More here.

Eazi Bar deliver easter eggs to St Mary's Hsopital


Have to say a massive well done Ray Wooldridge who has resurrected last year's award winning carnival float - The Kracken.


Dean Ray started a Facebook page asking people to donate money they would usually spend on their first round in the pub to charity. Thousands has been raised for Mountbatten for its coronavirus appeal. More here.

Facebook: Dean Ray (right)

Please shout out to two amazing ladies Jo and Carolyn - from Newport -  who have keeping the island laughing - they set up a Facebook page ‘keep the Isle of Wight singing’.

Here is today's video Hocus pocus to you all XXX KEEP THE IOW SINGING XXX

Posted by Joanne Everson on Wednesday, April 15, 2020


House of Nomad has been making complimentary meals for the NHS this week and hopes to keep doing it this weekend.


Seven year old Sienna Watts wanted to raise money for the doctors and nurses that are helping people with coronavirus. She has recently discovered a love for running. She is aiming to clock up a half marathon (21km) over about 10runs (approx 2km per run). The aim is to complete the 10 runs by 16th May. You can donate here.

Sienna Watts


From Shelley Peach:

I have been really enjoying listening to you during our lockdown during which I had a week of annual leave. I am a keyworker, I am the Cemeteries and Burials Officer at the Isle of Wight Crematorium, so am still at work.


I wanted to nominate all of my colleagues at the Crematorium for a mention in your heroes section. We're all carrying on as normal to ensure families can say their final goodbyes to their loved ones in the best way we can whilst observing the restrictions currently in place due to Covid-19. 


I also wanted to nominate all of the Island's funeral directors who are doing their utmost to assist families in arranging funerals.

The staff at HMP Isle of Wight joined forces to show support to their colleagues and fellow key workers with an amazing rendition of Night Fever! Read more here.

Yes! 🕺🏼💃 The team at HMP IOW is showing its support for colleagues and key workers! “Our team, keep delivering, keep caring for our men, keep grafting, keep serving the public and keep SMILING. Nurses, healthcare staff, officers, OSG’s, senior managers, psychologists, Imam, business support and maintenance -all together.” 🙌

Posted by Isle of Wight Radio on Wednesday, April 22, 2020


Teacher, Ivan Kirk, has joined the fight against coronavirus by manufacturing PPE for the Island's community. He teaches design and technology at Cowes Enterprise College. Read more here.


Ivan Kirk. Thanks to CEC.


Corinne Woodward has been making face covers for people using her own material - and is also showing her support for the NHS with a light display.


The wonderful nurses and volunteers at Mountbatten are continuing their incredible work. Vicky Parker has been using her spare time to make headbands and other accessories to make PPE more comfortable. The nurses at Mountbatten have also made a video!

Mountbatten TikTok

In an extremely difficult and challenging time, the staff at Mountbatten have been showing their love and sense of humour...

Posted by Isle of Wight Radio on Tuesday, April 21, 2020


Island man, Tom Roberts, has been offering his services free of charge to help elderly and vulnerable people maintain their gardens. 


DJ Hunt fruit and veg wholesaler has been continuing its vital work on the Island helping people get their essential supplies.


From Sarah: Grace's Bakery has created a whole website and online shop to help serve customers on the Island. Customers as far away as the US and New Zealand have been buying gifts for their friends and family on the Island. They have also been supplying St Mary's Hospital with food.


Tracie Green wants to put Little Ladybirds Nursery into the Hall of Heroes for all the amazing work they are doing!


Electrical Solution IOW put non essential works on hold to carry out essential works only at St Mary's Hospital! It has a lot of works carried out over the last few weeks to convert non clinical areas to Covid 19. Electrical Solution have been a part of all these works with Data Solution IOW have been working alongside.

Electrical Solution IOW


Ventnor Botanic Garden is offering NHS staff a free day pass to enjoy the gardens.


George Jenkins Transport showed their incredible support by decorating a trailer and organising a ride out to support NHS Staff and key workers.

We’re live at St Mary’s Hospital for #ClapForCarers! 👏🏻 What a show from the George Jenkins team! 🙌

Posted by Isle of Wight Radio on Thursday, April 23, 2020


Entertainer Joey Scott held a live gig on Facebook to raise money for the nurses at St Mary's Hospital He raised a fantastic £1,200.

Posted by Shanklin Conservative Club on Sunday, April 12, 2020

Isle of Wight DJ M-Stone held a 32-hour marathon set to raise money for Mountbatten's coronavirus fundraising campaign.

We are live for the final time to end the 32-hour marathon set for Mountbatten!

This is it! The final stretch for Mountbatten Isle of Wight! Thank you so much for all the support! One last final push if we can! Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/m-stone-official Music Copyrights owned by their respected Record Label. ALL MONEY IS GOING TO CHARITY.

Posted by M-Stone on Sunday, April 26, 2020


Helen Katsikides has been running online fitness classes to help boost people's physical and mental wellbeing on Facebook, here.


From everyone at Isle of Wight Radio - THANK YOU!



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