Margaret Bain from Whiteley has been named as a local hero for her tireless efforts, after being nominated several times in a competition.
Before Christmas, Whiteley Shopping Centre launched a competition to reward someone who had gone out of their way to support the local community during 2020.
The centre was inundated with wonderful entries from local residents, but Margaret’s story in particular stood out.
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Despite being ill herself, Margaret has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and co-ordinate weekly collections for the local food bank.
In December, Margaret also organised donations of Christmas hampers for those who would have otherwise gone without over the festive period.
Proud volunteer Margaret said: ‘I was quite emotional at just hearing that I’d been nominated as a local hero, but to have actually won makes me feel so proud.
‘Thank you to everyone who nominated me and to the team at Whiteley for such a brilliant gesture.
‘I also want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has supported and donated to the Meon Valley Food Bank.
‘I didn’t realise just how many people in our local area would need help to put food on the table, but every item donated by our wonderful community makes a difference and shows that someone cares.’
As a small way of saying thank you to Margaret for going above and beyond, Whiteley has given the kindhearted volunteer £250 to spend on herself at the centre.
Mia Gordon, centre director at Whiteley Shopping Centre, said: ‘Giving back is so important and, now more than ever, we want to do our bit to recognise some of the people who are going above and beyond to help those most in need.
‘We were inspired by Margaret’s story, hearing all she does to help and support our local community.
‘A huge thank you to her, and all of the other heroes, charities and organisations that continue to work tirelessly to support our community.’
For more information about Meon Valley Food bank, visit meonvalleyfoodbank.co.uk