Friendly Faces competition: more of our amazing entries so far

25th November 2020

Friendly Faces competition: more of our amazing entries so far

Last month we launched our nationwide Friendly Faces competition - asking people around the UK to nominate a special someone who has helped bring them joy whilst being in lockdown, and to share these heartwarming stories with us.

We’ve received so many brilliant entries already, and whilst the competition is still in full swing (enter here), we wanted to share some more of these uplifting entries with you.

Ann from Ceredigion would like to nominate Sheila Davis:

Ann from Ceredigion would like to nominate Sheila Davis

“Sheila is such a warm person, she is so approachable and is so friendly and welcoming to newcomers in the village too. She runs the village newsletter along with a couple of other ladies and hand delivers them with her team to ensure that all the people in the village are connected."

“She started to run the village volunteers group at the very start of Covid and came up with the 'buddy' idea whereby every resident in the village has the phone number of someone they can call on for help - there is more than 2,500 of us so this is not a small task (we are two villages combined)."

“She epitomises the typical village character of someone with a big heart and open arms and really deserves a treat. Sheila Davies has coordinated our village volunteer buddy scheme and kept morale high. Selflessly running on errands, being a listening ear and generally an amazing member of our community.”

Carol from Bolton would like to nominate Dawn Hitchen:

Carol from Bolton would like to nominate Dawn Hitchen

“By her very nature, Dawn is one of the sunniest people you will ever meet. Throughout lockdown, she has been incredibly generous with her time. A ray of joy in what has otherwise been a challenging and often depressing time."

“We can’t fathom how she fits it all in, but here are some of the things we appreciate about Dawn; as a member of our local Church, Dawn writes and distributes a weekly newsletter - but we know for a fact she goes above and beyond in this typically administrative duty. More like a magazine, Dawn spends hours carefully crafting content that she knows the readers will love and appreciate. She also has a huge list of people that she calls regularly for a chat, and even if we can’t all be together in person, Dawn helps us all to feel connected."

“If you’re unable to walk your dog, Dawn will do it. If you need a hearty meal, Dawn will make it and deliver it to your doorstep (she’s an excellent cook on top of everything else)! If you’ve got a hospital appointment and not sure how to get there, Dawn will organise safe transport. If you need groceries but are unable to make it to the supermarket, Dawn will deliver what you need."

“This lady stops at nothing to make sure those in our local area are loved, safe and fed. In addition to this (yes, there’s more!) Dawn is incredibly kind and thoughtful. She’s always surprising people with cards and gifts, sometimes for no reason at all other than to brighten up someone’s day. A beautiful person inside and out, Dawn has worked tirelessly throughout the year to help others. She won’t see it that way, but we wanted her to be recognised for all her hard work and for making our local community a brighter place."

Gemma from Southampton would like to nominate Mel:

Gemma from Southampton would like to nominate Mel

“Marvellous Mel. Whilst shielding my son from March-August, Mel made sure that our house was fully stocked by doing a weekly shop and leaving it at the door. She would arrange sweet treats to be delivered through the post, games and activities for the children, pamper treats for Mum and even treats for Betsy the Dog! Then when my husband and son were confirmed as Covid-positive in October, another parcel arrived with all the food basics to keep us going."

“Mel herself has had a difficult year. Her husband needed heart surgery in January and she was made redundant in July. 2020 has been challenging but she has shone throughout and it would be lovely to see her get the recognition she deserves.”

Valerie from Nottingham would like to nominate Georgina Davies:

“Georgina and her family have kept The Little Village Shop in East Markham shop running and it has been an absolute lifeline to older residents. They have always got special items for people with dietary requirements and helped some vulnerable people link up with the village volunteer service for support with shopping etc."

"They have also kept people smiling most recently with their daily Halloween displays. Art competitions for the children have also kept them busy and made everyone smile. They have been kind and caring to every customer delivering free to people who needed extra help and support. Nothing has been too much trouble - a true village shop! A visit always brightens people's days. The shop has gone above and beyond, a real heart of the community.”

If you’d like to nominate somebody who has helped lift your spirits whilst being at home - no matter how big or small these kind gestures have been - we’d love to hear about your experience, and say a big thank you on your behalf!

How to enter

To enter someone, all you need to do is visit the competition page here: and fill in the form on the page, explaining who you’re nominating and how they lifted your spirits whilst being at home in lockdown - either from your door or through your window. The competition closes on 30th November 2020 at 11pm.

What will the winners receive?

We’ll be selecting our three favourite submissions and will get in touch with these local heroes to gift each of them £250 worth of vouchers.

Unfortunately, not everyone has been so lucky to have someone brighten up their day; with many people sadly experiencing feelings of loneliness throughout lockdown. Therefore, as part of this campaign, we will also be donating £2,500 to a charity that offers support to anyone who needs to talk, in order to show our appreciation and raise awareness.

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