A lockdown community champion who organised an incredible 4,500 care packages for the elderly and vulnerable has received thanks – from The Queen.

John Ison spearheaded a huge effort to help feed the elderly, vulnerable and families during the coronavirus from his home in Bedworth.

He did so ‘to do his bit for the community’ so was left without words when he received a special piece of post.

“It said John Ison esquire, I thought ‘eh? what’s all this about’,” the chair of the Friends of the Nook group said.

It was from the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Timothy Cox  who, on behalf of HM The Queen, wanted to thank hum for his efforts.

“I felt chuffed,” Mr Ison said.

“I had no idea, I did not expect it.”

But then another surprise came – a phone-call from the Lord Lieutenant.

“He just said I should be very proud of what I  have achieved,” he said.

“I was speechless to be honest, which is not like me.”



John Ison proudly shows off his card

 

Helping more

Despite the need for care packages coming to an end, Mr Ison and his small army of helpers have continued to bring a smile to the faces of those in need.

He has organised Ploughmans lunches, fish and chips and Father’s Day meals to be delivered to homes, with puddings set to be delivered this week.

For Hallowe’en, there will be organised pork and stuffing batches and there is a Christmas Day lunch also being organised.



The card John Ison received

This week he has paid for an afternoon tea, out of his own pocket, to be taken to the home of a struggling elderly resident to celebrate her birthday.

But it does not end there – Mr Ison has his 2021 sights on completing a 5k run and also a walk to the Peak District — dressed as superwoman.

“I want to do it for local charities, I had so much help during lockdown to do the care packages, and I just thought I could give something back,” he said.

He is calling on the help of the community to help raise as much money as possible:” It would be great if I could get local sponsorship, they could have their log on the costume,” he explained.

“I plan to call into all of the towns on the way to the Peak District to raise money, it is a it of fun but I want to raise as much as I can or local charities, I know they are struggling.”

Anyone who can help with sponsorship, help or even donate a superwoman costume should call John on 07968 107 155.

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