Karbon's Lockdown Heroes

Monday, 14th September 2020

Colliery and Coast, George Dawson

Who do you remember most from life under lockdown?

We asked and you answered with many wonderful stories of Karbon customers doing all kinds of things to help their neighbours and communities. People of all ages who’ve gone the extra mile to lift your spirits with acts of kindness or entertainment. Over the past few months we’ve been celebrating your lockdown heroes on social media. Here are just a few who we take our hat off to! Search #karbonlockdownhero on Facebook to see more of your nominations.

George Dawson of Lynemouth, Morpeth 

Just look at this incredible model made by George during lockdown! Entitled Colliery and Coast, it was designed to celebrate the past, present and future of the Northumberland coastline and was kindly donated by George to residents at our Park View sheltered scheme. Crafted entirely by hand, it took George three months to get all the intricate details just right, from the colourful beach huts at Blyth and the bandstand at Newbiggin to the shops, guesthouses and pubs. George said: “I’ve loved art since I was a child and have always wanted to make a model like this. Lockdown finally gave me the time to do it. The idea was to illustrate the relationship of the ever-evolving coastline, and the area’s historic connection with the bygone days of coal.” George’s model will be protected in a case and displayed at Park View for residents and guests to enjoy.

Retirement Living Scheme Coordinator Diane Leighton said: “The model is fantastic; George is very talented and we are incredibly touched that he has donated his work for others to enjoy. It has become such a wonderful talking point for our residents who can relate to all of the local landmarks and it will be given pride of place at Park View.”

Residents of Merton Square, Blyth

Housing officer Chris Whewell nominated residents of Merton Square for the way they pulled together. Their community spirit has helped to make home a special place to be during lockdown for everyone living nearby.Chris said: “They took it upon themselves to put out pots and grow plants to spruce up the square. It’s great to see residents making the effort during these difficult times. The residents have shown a great interest in building community spirit and working with us to create an environment that people want to live in.”

Lewis and Owen Miller, Stamfordham

Brothers Lewis, aged 15, and Owen, 13, became a regular sight as they planted and litter picked their way around their village! The kind-hearted duo dedicated much of their spare time to creating colourful displays for the community to enjoy after writing to garden centres for donations of plants. They kept grass cut and tidied up various locations, much to the delight of residents who thanked them with Easter eggs and chocolate. One resident wrote to the boy’s headteacher at Ponteland School to highlight their work. The experience has been so valuable, Lewis has even decided to take up landscape gardening when he leaves school. He set up his own website and has secured several regular jobs from villagers impressed by his work ethic.

Gordon Reid, Hexham

Gordon was nominated by two Karbon colleagues Sandy Swinhoe and Lewis Rimington, for his tireless support for residents in Cockshaw Court, Hexham. Sandy said: "Gordon has tirelessly supported his neighbours throughout the lockdown period, shopping and running errands for them. He is also a Silver Talk volunteer - befriending lots of older people, some of whom are living alone and finding the need to isolate quite difficult, with a friendly telephone chat. “Even when taking a short break, Gordon continued to call his 'Silver Talkers' on a weekly basis from abroad. He’s a very friendly and helpful chap, a thoughtful, reliable, trustworthy and committed gentleman. A true lockdown hero."

SilverTalk: How to get involved!

  • Want someone friendly to chat to once a week? Sign up for our free telephone befriending service, Silver Talk.
  • Can you spare a little time to become a volunteer caller? We’d love to hear from you. Full training is given, as well as a phone, and you can volunteer from your living room.

Call us on 0808 164 0111 or email us at silvertalk@karbonhomes.co.uk