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Meet the Liverpool City Region COVID Heroes who are making a difference in 2021


It’s been rough on everyone, but the one big positive to come out of the pandemic has been it’s made us really appreciate the impact key workers have on all our lives.

Obviously, our NHS staff have been amazing during the crisis, but we couldn’t have got through without so many other people too – from our emergency services, to posties, supermarket staff, care workers, teachers, funeral directors and charities who’ve been tireless in supporting the most vulnerable. 

You can suggest a Liverpool City Region Covid Hero by emailing us Just tell us who they are, what they do and don’t forget to send a picture too.

A big, big thank you to all our Covid heroes …

Sunday 17 January 2021

Derri Hayes, Respiratory Nurse

Derri Hayes is a respiratory nurse. Throughout Covid she’s worked on respiratory wards and ICU’s across Merseyside hospitals. Mainly Liverpool Heart and Chest and Southport Hospital.

For the past two weeks she’s spent five days a week vaccinating people against Covid during the day and on top of that has spent two nights a week going onto the wards to help Covid positive patients.

“She’s an incredible nurse who works crazy hours.” says her son Breagh McNamara

Saturday 16 January

Lindsay Inglesby & James Lacey, Rare Studio - bringing performing arts lessons to students doorsteps

Lindsay and James have worked tirelessly on behalf of the students of Rare Studio and Rare School of Fashion and Art, keeping them all engaged with online teaching through lockdowns and providing a safe school environment for them to return to a full timetable in September. They even carried out welfare visits to students’ doorsteps to keep training standards and morale high!

Friday 15 January 2021

Chris Elliot, Manager at ALDI, Old Swan

Chris Elliott is 25 and works as  an assistant manager in Aldi Old Swan.
Chris and the team at ALDI, Old Swan have worked throughout the pandemic, never missing a shift and enduing some very stressful days.
This nomination is from his mum Helen Farrel who says she is extremely proud of her son and the amazing work him and his team do on a daily basis.

Thursday 14 January 2021

Terence McLoughlin, A&E Consultant, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Terence Mcloughlin is a Consultant and has been working at A&E within Royal Liverpool University Hospital throughout the pandemic.

Alongside this, himself and his two colleagues Sarah and Gillian have been organising well-being initiatives for staff to help with their mental and physical health to combat stress during the crisis. This has included yoga and meditation sessions, talking therapies and visual aids.

This initiative has now extended to the Aintree Hospital. Staff well-being is paramount for the Acute & Emergency Care division across both the Royal and Aintree sites.

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Kathy Crist, Arriva Bus Driver

Kathy Crist is a bus driver for Arriva in Speke. Kathy has not only been driving key workers and the passengers around the city but she has also been using all of her free time, making hi-viz ribbons, selling them to colleagues, friends and family raising money to keep ambulance stations stocked with refreshments and a cash donation to Alder Hey children’s hospital.

Kathy is pictured right (above) at Alder Hey.

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Mark Harding, Lifeboat Helmsman

Mark Harding is a volunteer at New Brighton RNLI and has been on call throughout the pandemic whilst also home-schooling his kids.

Established in 1863 and located in the bustling seaside resort of New Brighton, RNLI operates a B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat. The crews have been presented with a remarkable 48 awards for gallantry. 

Monday 11 January 2021

Paul Kenyon, ICU Nurse

Paul has been doing shifts at hospitals across the city since the begininning of the pandemic. He qualified as a nurse two years ago, and as well as working on ICU with the sickest patients, he is studying for a Masters degree.
Friend Michelle says: “I know Paul has found it hard over the past year, but he is one of the unsung heroes of Liverpool who is there with people when they need support and comfort.”
Paul has been working at both Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals.

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