Businessman Announced as Community Champion

Mark Jowsey of the Fat Butcher in Bebside has been chosen by Ian Levy MP as a Blyth Valley Community Champion.  Mark who lives in Cramlington has donated more than ten thousand pounds worth of meat packs that have been delivered to people in need including those that can’t get to the shops.  The selections have been put together for two people with one hundred provided every week.

Ian Levy said: “The response of Blyth Valley residents, businesses and community groups to coronavirus has been absolutely brilliant.  Mark has certainly played his part by supplying over one thousand packs that have been distributed as part of the County Council’s Northumberland Communities Together initiative.”

Mark said, “I really did not expect a Community Champion award and would like to thank my staff for all the hard work they do that puts us in a position to help the vulnerable within the local community.”

Liz Vuyk and Chris Wood have also been recognised for supporting 50 residents in Seaton Sluice by helping with shopping, collecting prescriptions and regular phone calls.  Neville Craggs of Blyth is another award winner for leading the work of Community Food & Friendship.

Blyth Valley Community Champions was set up by Ian Levy to acknowledge the remarkable people who are making a difference to the lives of others during the coronavirus outbreak.   It is supported by Universal Wolf in Blyth that manufactured some of the emergency care beds for the Nightingale Hospitals.