“I’ve never worked in such a rewarding environment; this team is an absolutely brilliant group of people who all work so hard. We feel really honoured and very proud to do our bit…”
Those are the words of Liam Spring who oversees the county’s PPE, Test Kits and Food Distribution Hub, set up last spring to support Norfolk Resilience Forum’s pandemic response.
Working tirelessly behind the scenes, the seven-person team has ensured that protective equipment, emergency food boxes and tests kits are stored, packed and delivered across Norfolk, and into Waveney, in Suffolk.
Part of Norse Total Facilities Management division, the team is always ready to respond, planning deliveries and travelling hundreds of miles every day to care homes, social work teams, schools, district councils, fire services and test and trace teams, as well as delivering food to households in need, or to people shielding.
And they have certainly risen to the challenge of helping to keep people safe with the Hub delivering, up to mid-December, 7,783,602 pieces of PPE, 3,639 food boxes and 2,245 Covid test kits.
Kate Price, neighbourhoods and community enabling manager at Norwich City Council, said: “The team from Norse have been a vital partner in the collaborative work to make sure no one goes without during the pandemic.
“Not only that, they’ve been friendly, proactive and nothing has ever seemed like too much for them to handle. Our huge thanks go to the team for their dedication and hard work.”
Team members are Liam Spring; Sharon Smith; Isabel Cash; Ferenc Kirinovits; Daniel Hooker; Paul Fox and Gareth Eaglen.