Tarnya Bennett: Transport/Delivery Driver/Post Office Worker/Shop Retail, Thurrock

Hi, I’m Tarnya,

I have been working for Morrisons in Grays for four years and I am currently Morrisons Community Champion, working on various projects with many partners. This role was initially an add-on to my original retail position, however, since the pandemic, I have taken on this role full-time. I see my role as a supportive position, helping to bridge the gap between Morrison’s and the community.

I love spreading the joy through donations, donated time and simply being a friendly face, I’m a strong believer that if you can help, you should. Throughout the pandemic, my role included taking shopping orders from vulnerable people and supporting random acts of kindness wherever we could. Occasionally, I will be offered a large amount of food or drink to find someone in the community who will benefit from it. I was responsible for taking donations to schools, food banks, care homes and anywhere else that would benefit from what we had available.

Once, I was given hundreds of Easter eggs to donate. I was unsure what to do with them, so decided to drive to East Tilbury and deliver one to anyone who had an NHS thank you poster in their window. Residents were thrilled to receive the eggs, and it was lovely to see the smiles on their faces. As a thank you, I was given a painted stone of a rainbow, which is kept on my desk to remind me of the happiness we spread that day.

I am thrilled to be nominated to be a part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant for doing a job that I really love, especially during the pandemic. I am looking forward to celebrating the Queen, she is amazing – full of dignity and grace. There are not many people who have been in their job as long as she has, she is an inspiration to us all.

“During the Pandemic, Tarnya went above and beyond to help people with food supplies and became a great asset for Thurrock CVS and the people of Thurrock. She is always willing to help where she can and you can really see how much she loves her job! ” – extract from the key worker nomination for Tarnya

Taryna’s rainbow stone, given to her by a thankful member of the community.

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