We received nearly 500 nominations for our ‘High Street Heroes’ campaign and it’s fair to say that the Wirral public are full of praise about our local businesses and their amazing efforts during lockdown.
Nominations closed on Friday and the businesses chosen will join Tower Stores in New Brighton, Heseltine’s Butchers in Upton and Boysenberry Deli in New Ferry to front a new advertising campaign to encourage the public to cherish their high street shops and #ShopSafe #ShopLocal
We think all Wirral businesses are 'High Street Heroes’ and they proved it by going above and beyond during lockdown. Many worked long hours to provide home deliveries to vulnerable and shielding people while all were friendly faces and boosted morale during a challenging time. It is clear that their hard work and dedication helped bring communities together.
There was so much love in fact, we’d like to share a small selection of some of our favourite messages we received below:
- Helen Paterson: "A.I Roberts Butchers in West Kirby stayed open and delivered to people who were shielding. Felt totally safe shopping there - only two customers at a time. Dean and the lads remained cheerful and friendly and brought some normality to a crazy time".
- Rebecca Ellis: "Benty Farm Tearooms were one of the first to give us a proper coffee and cake whilst keeping us safely distanced".
- John and Stella Griffith Jones: "Beresfords the butchers in Cherry square. As soon as the lockdown began they started offering telephone orders and home delivery. They are just as cheerful and helpful over the phone as they are in the shop".
- Heather Heaton Gallagher: "The Bike Shop Moreton has helped Wirral residents get on two wheels this past few months in particular. They’ve helped so many people start cycling, whilst repairing bikes that haven’t seen the light of day in months/years! Here’s to you lovely bunch, you’ve worked your socks off!"
- Sandra Simmons: "Billy’s Corner in Birkenhead Market. First class fruit and vegetables delivery to our doors, plus kindness and humour in daily doses - just the tonic we all needed".
- Mohammed Zakaria: "Britannia Spice in Parkgate donated 600 meals to vulnerable families across Wirral, more than 100 meals to NHS staff at Arrowe Park and also supported over 100 Families 5000 miles away in Bangladesh".
- Sharon Cottrell: "Carrbridge Centre / Hoole Road hub bring the community together, making sure no one is hungry or lonely. At the beginning of lockdown they spent three days of their own time delivering Easter eggs (whilst dressed as characters) to children in Woodchurch. They brought so much joy and happiness to so many".
- Anne Webb: "Carr Farm emailed a list of produce, phoned to enable us to pay and we collected without having to leave the car as they delivered it straight into our boot!"
- Cllr Mary Jordan: "I would like to nominate Claremont Farm. Not only did this farm shop step up to help with click and collect and deliveries for those who were shielding, it became the centre of the community".
- Louise James: "Definitely Colin Lunt Greengrocers in West Kirby. They were an absolute godsend in the depths of lockdown to both me and my grandma, delivering boxes full of delicious fresh fruit and veg, plus other cupboard essentials. We would have been so stuck without them".
- Karen Rooney: "Can I nominate the Dog's Diner in Moreton please? They have worked right through the pandemic ensuring peoples pets are still fed".
- Cliff Ryan: "We would like to nominate East Farm Nurseries in Column Rd, Caldy. They have been open every day in all weather and have also been delivering veg boxes to residents who are shielding".
- Mrs Turner: "Edge & Son Butchers in New Ferry have delivered throughout. Debbie, Callum & co are so helpful and friendly and Peter stays for a quick chat when he delivers to us to us oldies!"
- Jean&Morris Dickie: "I would like to nominate Edwards Newsagents in Oxton village. They are always willing to deliver without any quibble and it is wonderful to know that they are there to support us, even after almost 6 months - they must be worn out!"
- Jo Pires: "It's hard to put into words just how much Every Lesson Counts have done for us without becoming a complete emotional mess. As a family with a shielding child, these last 18 weeks have been a real challenge but they have provided top notch education via the virtual school and kept us smiling daily".
- Heather Kirk: "Eyeworks Opticians worked tirelessly throughout lockdown and always support the local community".
- Claire Sanderson: "Fine Fruits in Pensby. Amazing produce and my goodness have they looked after the vulnerable and disabled, as well as everyone else, during this pandemic!"
- Gill Rutter: "Flissy’s coffee shop have gone to amazing lengths to keep people safe. They’re down by Thurstaston and the Wirral Way. Brilliant coffee shop and a great stop off for walkers and country park visitors."
- M. J Cole: "For me it has to be Fusion Dance Academy. They went out of their way to put on free Zoom dance classes for all their students and kept the spirits up of so many kids during lockdown".
- Olive Beckett: "Greens of Oxton supported the most vulnerable residents in our area by making deliveries. The good humour and attention to customer and staff safety has been exemplary".
- Sean McDonnell: "If anyone deserves an awards, it’s Helen Moore Hairdressing in Wallasey, for sure. During the Covid-19 crisis, she has been holding meetings with people just to keep their spirits up, making sure that loneliness didn’t factor in to peoples misery".
- Faith Victoria Gadsdon: "The Hoylake Pantry: Zero Waste Shopping saved us thought out lockdown!"
- Maggie Rawet: "I was self isolating from 14th March. I have no family locally and was unable to get any supermarket deliveries but K R Produce in Birkenhead Market have been wonderful, delivering my weekly fruit and veg order and providing a cheerful connection with the outside world".
- Janet Thorning: "Lewis’s Butcher & Deli in Greasby - the staff absolutely worked their socks off doing home deliveries and going the extra mile to keep people supplied with quality produce. Hats off to Lewis’s!"
- Heather Powell: "I would like to nominate the chemist M&A Weinronk on Pensby Road. As I am 80 years of age and require medication I have been self isolating since March. They have delivered my medication even though I did not have to ask them to do this. This has made a big difference to me".
- Carol McClane: "I would like to nominate Maccombs Pet Shop in Hoylake. They have delivered to people who are isolating and vulnerable without adding additional charges. The staff are always cheerful despite the current situation".
- W & N Nancollis: "Many in isolation struggled to obtain supermarket delivery slots and many basic commodities were unobtainable but Muffs of Bromborough set up a home delivery service. You cannot imagine what a lifeline this became for an entire community".
- Lianda Santos: "Neil & Maria Kershaw newsagents on King street, Wallasey. They are such a credit to the community, they go above and beyond to help others and get involved in community schemes such as cleaning and planting flowers. They have a heart of gold".
- Marie Goode: "Not Just Fruit in Bebington delivered shopping to people shielding, the disabled and elderly. Plus always cheerful and nothing too much trouble. What a star".
- Lee Robinson: "Pickled Walnut in West Kirby delivered reasonably priced meals throughout lockdown to our home - kept us going when we couldn’t go out and lovely food too".
- Joy Schmack: "Rostherne Nurseries on Leasowe Road started a delivery service, click-and-collect and created a community Facebook site which gave easy to follow news and was always fun. For people who self-isolated from March until August, they really brought us sunshine".
- Steve Tapril: "Tappers Gin donated hand sanitiser during lockdown to local hospitals, medical centres, care homes, the elderly and the vulnerable. It helped out a lot of vulnerable and shielding people across Wirral".
- Helen Pedder: "Tommy’s Fruit & Veg shop in Moreton boxed up a selection of fruit and veg and delivered, free of charge. They also sell lovely plants that have brightened up my garden for my summer staycation!"
- Pamela Chesterman: "Townfield Lane Post Office remained open and was quick to put one way systems in place and perspex screens. It’s an absolute pleasure to go there, rather than the larger superstores".
- Sandra Riley: "Upton Fruit & Veg shop have been delivering outstanding quality fruit and veg to me and my family".
- Kate Jenner: "I would like to nominate The Village Shop in Lower Heswall. They worked so hard during lockdown, keeping the shop supplied with essentials and offering free deliveries to vulnerable and shielding local residents. Above all Caroline retained her wonderful cheerful personality throughout, lifting the spirits of all her customers. She and Jerry are truly local heroes".
- Jo Bloor: "Wards Fish in Birkenhead Market delivered stunning quality fish, vacuum packed for the freezer, which kept us healthy!"
We didn't just receive nominations for small independent stores, but lots of praise for the staff at national chains too:
- Patricia Parker: "I would like to nominate ASDA Wallasey. Their customer care and support was outstanding"
- Anna Tonnesen: Bargain Booze in Upton was open all through the lockdown and they all had smiles on their faces and nothing was too much for them."
- Hardeep Chahal: "I would like to nominate Costcutter in Poulton Road, Wallasey. They have been delivering throughout lockdown to the elderly and also giving out hand sanitizer and masks."
- Olive Beckett: "May I commend our local supermarkets and their staff for their continued support in getting their shelves stacked as quickly as possible and ensuring customer wellbeing".
- Paula Heath: "I would like to Nominate Morrisons Direct on Mount Road, Birkenhead. The Manager and staff worked tirelessly to make it safe for people to shop, they always have a smile on their faces and put people at ease".
Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate their 'High Street Hero'. But the biggest thanks of all goes to our amazing local businesses - please thank them in person when you next visit their shop! Please note: You must wear a face covering when visiting shops or supermarkets.