I am delighted to announce that Julie Ruse has been awarded the Wealden Hero Award this week.

Julie coordinated the Withyham volunteer community response to Covid-19. She has been at the centre of support, offering to either directly help herself or find someone who can. Throughout the pandemic, Julie has kept the Withyham Village Hall Coronavirus page up to date with the latest information and liaised with local village stores and other businesses to ensure deliveries of food supplies and other essentials could be made to all Withyham residents.

Earlier this year, Julie led a successful fundraising campaign and organised a Community Cook-Up for local children to learn how to make soup, bread, cake and homemade lemonade. All donations proceeded towards the village defibrillator, which is placed on the Withyham Village Hall.

Volunteers are at the heart of community-led support across Wealden and it is vital that our vulnerable neighbours have familiar faces they can turn to for support. Julie has made an enormous contribution to Withyham residents throughout the coronavirus crisis and by fundraising for the village defibrillator. Well done!