Five Inverclyde businesses have been recognised as Scotland’s High Street Heroes for the remarkable ways in which they have helped their communities during the coronavirus crisis.
Douglas Graham, Blackwood of Kilmacolm Quality Butcher, was named as the Regional Champion, with Reegan Kelly from Greenock (volunteer community food deliveries) and Heather McCulloch & Nick Summers (The Pirate & Bluebelle) were named as Highly Commended. High Street Heroes awards went to Heather Morris and Barry of Pets Corner at Gourock Park and Nadeem Ahmed from The Village Newsagent in Kilmacolm.
Regional champions have been recognised in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas – alongside others highly commended – after more than 1,200 nominations, covering hundreds of people, were made as part of the ‘Scotland Loves Local’ campaign.
Scotland’s Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell today praised every one of them for their efforts, saying:
“I would like to thank these High Street Heroes for going the extra mile to help their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am pleased the Scottish Government has been able to support these awards through our funding for Scotland’s Towns Partnership. They typify the kind of community spirit that has supported people and improved lives.
“This has been a difficult year for all of us, and the only way we will get through is by sticking together, being kind, and offering help where it is needed. The fact that these awards received more than 1,200 nominations shows how much people have appreciated those who have pulled together to help one another.”
The awards highlight the tremendous difference that local people and businesses – along with the safe support of them – have made to peoples’ lives throughout Covid-19.
STP’s Chief Officer, Phil Prentice, said:
“The dedication with which people across Scotland have supported those around them during the pandemic has been remarkable. We’re delighted to shine a spotlight on the amazing difference that our High Street Heroes have made and thank them for all they have done.
“They are an inspiration – local people helping their communities and customers like never before. They highlight the vital part that high street businesses play in our lives and why we must support them to ensure they continue to be there for us.”
A roll of honour of all regional champions and nominees by local authority area has been published by Scotland Loves Local online here.