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Scott looks out for others @SalBWMP @ScottRound #nominatenow #dva19

Snow didn’t stop Scott from getting out on his bike to help older people in need

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This excerpt is taken from Scott’s nomination form for #dva18. I am sure you will agree that he certainly looks out for others!

Scott was given the main award in the Community Action category at Dudley CVS Awards 2018 and also won the  Frank Foley Award for Community Spirit at the Mayor’s Awards 2019.

What does Scott do?

Helping the people of Coseley where Scott used to live. Helping people who cannot get out to do their shopping and tidying up their gardens and delivering Grapevine magazines in the Coseley area.

Scott cares for his mom who is house bound and his sister who is disabled. He has done other activities to help other charities for example: brave the shave where he donated his hair, having it all cut off, to make wigs for children plus raising money as well.

Scott has a paper round and his push bike has a trailer and after he has delivered his papers he is like a courier service on two wheels and nothing is too much trouble for him, always willing to help others.

Until recent years Scott has always lived in Coseley with his family. The family had to move out of Coseley because of his mother’s ill health to a specially adapted house on the Priory. This has not stopped Scott doing what he loves best and that is coming into Coseley to speak to all the locals and helping them in any way he can. Scott can be seen daily cycling down the Birmingham New Road into Coseley.

This year Scott went above and beyond particularly with the adverse weather conditions that we suffered in the country which bought traffic to a standstill. Scott not only did his normal paper round, he then visited people who he knew could not get out of their houses to check to see if they were well and if they needed anything. He went to the shops to get them provisions to help them cope during the cold spell. He also did visits to the chemist to get prescriptions for some of the elderly and infirm in the area. This continued all through the bad weather conditions it was not just a one off Scott cares for people all of the time. He has always looked out for people and when he has concerns for people’s welfare he does his best to help however he can.

In April this year Scott had a bad accident when he was out on his beloved bike. Scott loves his bikes and looks after them like some people love their cars. Scott is a responsible cyclist and always maintains his cycles well. Through no fault of his own he ended up in hospital for a few days with a nasty knee injury. Doctors said that it would be months before he would be able to walk properly and be back out on his bike. For Scott this was torture because he could not get out and about at his usual business, helping people. I think Scott was shocked and surprised at the amount of love and affection that the people of Coseley have for him, he was inundated with well-wishing messages from locals, visits and gifts. Scott did as he was advised by the doctors and before long he was back on his feet and it was business as usual.

Scott has also suffered adversity in other ways, on several occasions he has had his beloved cycles stolen when he has been out and about helping others. On one occasion through the power of social media and the high regard that people have for Scott his cycle was found.

Scott is always caring and worries about other people and will always put others first, he works hard and is always a joy to see around the Coseley area, he puts a smile on people’s faces. Scott is passionate about Coseley and all its residents, I cannot think of another person like him he deserves recognition for all he does in fact he deserves a medal.

Connecting their business to support local communities – Lee Southerton from Volks Magic #dva19 #nominatenow

Lee with his nephew Dale who donated the car and Eileen from Operation Santa Dudley borough

 

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Last year’s main awardee in Business Supporting the Community category, really went the extra mile to support local children and families at Christmas. Why not nominate your business hero? 

Throughout the year and particularly over December, Lee organises a number of fundraising events in order to raise funds to provide gifts and funding to the children in the borough.         

Every year Lee works tirelessly to organise events and raise funds in order to provide gifts and vouchers for the children of Dudley.

Originally Lee started off by asking customers of his to donate gifts or money when they came in to his repair centre. This quickly expanded and the ‘Santa appeal’ was born. Lee advertises this with hoodies, car bumper stickers, signage and even using celebrities in order to endorse his appeal.  His appeal is called ‘Santa’s a gangster’!

Lee works throughout the year organising his events and has a Christmas party over the summer at a Volkswagen festival where everyone is encouraged to donate gifts or money both at the time and closer to Christmas. Lee will purposely not take work on over December in order to concentrate his efforts and to organise his team of elves to work around the clock collecting and delivering gifts and donations to children’s services for distribution.

The Intervention and Prevention team (formally FAST) would receive these donations, which would be given out throughout Children’s services.

Hundreds of children and families within the Dudley borough have benefitted greatly from Lee’s efforts for many years.  Each year, Lee and his team will donate in excess of 800 toys and over £2,000 in vouchers to children’s services in order for them to be distributed to families in need.

Lee’s fundraising efforts are getting bigger each year, not only does he gather gifts and donations from the local area, but he also uses his business contacts and friends in order to increase his fundraising efforts across the country.

Vulnerable families often find Christmas exceptionally hard, those who are already struggling to get by often find that they are unable to provide their children with gifts over Christmas or have to sacrifice other things in order to do so. The donations from Lee have made a huge difference to these families where they have been provided with bags of toys for each child and, where necessary, food parcels, nappies and other essentials to ease the burden of the Christmas period.

Lee and a lot of his helpers are keen to support local families. Many have experienced disadvantaged childhoods themselves and are passionate about ensuring that the children of Dudley all receive presents on Christmas day. Lee’s passion for his appeal is relentless, he asks of nothing in return, he doesn’t want public recognition or any thanks for his efforts.

It is impossible to quantify the positive impact Lee has had on the families of Dudley. So many of our families have been overwhelmed with the generosity of Lee and his helpers and it has been noted that these small acts of kindness not only benefits the families at Christmas but also throughout the year, where families would have otherwise have gained loans in order to buy gifts.

Not content in working hard for the Christmas period, Lee has also used his expertise to help the Sycamore Centre. When a number of their Go-Karts were damaged by vandals. Lee offered his time and materials in order to repair as many of the Go-Karts as possible.

Despite Lee’s modesty, I feel that it is time that he was recognised for his efforts over the years. Lee has become a valuable resource to not only our team but to children’s services as a whole and whilst Lee and his helpers are thanked each year for their efforts, thank you never seems enough! There are no words to really explain to Lee the positive impact he has had on the families of Dudley and the changes he has made to children’s lives in this magical time of year.

Due to the sheer scale of Lee’s fundraising efforts over the past few years, the Intervention and Prevention Team are no longer in a position to manage the gifts donated, and as a result Lee has been signposted to Operation Santa, where they are better able to organise and distribute the huge amount of gifts received. It is clear from last year’s efforts that Lee’s appeal will continue to get bigger and better over the coming years and continue to provide the children of Dudley with much needed gifts and funding.

On a personal note, having worked with Lee for many years, I have come to see first-hand the passion he puts into his fundraising and have been blown away by his relentless spirit and selfless nature. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Lee and his Santa appeal.

I’ve just found out that this year he is auctioning off a VW Cabriolet which his nephew has donated, at £5 a ticket, to raise funds for this year’s appeal and is determined to raise a small fortune.  He’s also doing a reverse Santa at the UK’s biggest VDubz Show in Malvern. Lee has a heart of gold and is committed to making a huge difference to local children and young people with nothing at Christmas.

In 2017 Lee started to support Operation Santa Dudley borough, which is run by Dudley CVS. He has made a life-changing impact for the appeal, enabling them to reach more children than ever before 🙂