A Sheffield charity on the frontline of helping older and vulnerable people in Sheffield throughout the pandemic has received a letter of recognition for their hard work from HRH The Countess of Wessex.
Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) received the letter in response to an initiative run by The British Chamber of Commerce, to find UK Business heroes, those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.
The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce were given the task to assign those Sheffield Businesses, organisations and charities, amongst their members, who had made a positive impact during 2020.
Tom Sutton, Head of Policy & Representation at Sheffield Chamber said “We’re delighted that through the UK Business Heroes initiative we are to be able to recognise the valuable work that SCCCC’s undertake on a daily basis. We’re aware of the challenges that our elderly community face with isolation and loneliness pre-Covid.
‘’In lockdown, it became even more of a challenge to provide support and a friendly face to our elderly whilst keeping them safe. SCCCC’s rose to that challenge.
“Helping to source PPE at a time it was in high demand and adding extra outreach services to combat isolation and loneliness are just a couple of examples of their exemplary work. The Business Hero status is extremely well deserved and recognises the contributions made from their dedicated team and volunteers.”
But this is not the first time the charity has received royal recognition, receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2017 for their work with their volunteers, the highest accolade a charity can receive.
Mark Storey, Chief Executive Officer of SCCCC said: ‘’To receive royal recognition for our work during the Pandemic is a huge honour. Our staff have worked tirelessly to support our older communities, keeping them connected throughout lockdown.
“Thank you to Sheffield Chamber of Commerce for the recommendation, recognition is gratefully received but never expected.’’