Alicia Jones – Thurrock

Alicia Jones: Volunteer, Thurrock     Hi, I’m Alicia, I have cared for my Mum, who suffers with her mental health, since I was eight years old. I was an unidentified carer until the age of 14, which is why I feel inspired to speak out to ensure other hidden young carers get the support […]

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Jenny Codling – Thurrock

Jenny Codling: Volunteer, Thurrock Hi, I’m Jenny, My family has always volunteered within their community, so for me, volunteering came naturally. When I moved to Tilbury with my husband, Father Tim, the local vicar at St. John’s Church, it was clear that there was a need to help the local community. I started working with […]

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Tarnya Bennett – Thurrock

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 […]

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Paul Jonathan Wakeling – Thurrock

Paul Jonathan Wakeling: Transport/Delivery Driver/Post Office Worker/Shop Retail, Thurrock Hi, I’m Paul, I’ve always worked in the retail industry, starting off with a paper round, moving to a role as a Saturday sales assistant and by the age of 17, I was a shop manager. I worked at a supermarket and when the company saw […]

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Tom Flynn – Thurrock

  Tom Flynn: Transport/Delivery Driver/Post Office Worker/Shop Retail, Thurrock   Hi, I’m Tom Young people are my inspiration and being able to work with them every day and have the opportunity to help them is something I am very proud of. My career with young people started when I volunteered at my children’s school as […]

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Carol Fahey – Thurrock

  Carol Fahey: NHS and Care Workers, Thurrock Hi, I’m Carol My journey began nearly 50-years ago when I joined the NHS as a cadet nurse at the age of 16. I became a Ward Sister in 1980 and then worked as a staff nurse in A&E at Orsett Hospital, following that I went into […]

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Stevie Smith – Thurrock

  Stevie Smith: Emergency Services, Thurrock   Hi, I’m Stevie Ever since I can remember I wanted to help people. Originally I thought that a nursing career would be for me until my cousin persuaded me that I would make a good paramedic. I’m now a paramedic working around South West Essex, Basildon and Thurrock.  […]

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PC Neil Brand – Thurrock

  PC Neil Brand: Emergency Services, Thurrock   Hi, I’m Neil aka PC Brand My family has always instilled a strong ethic of helping others, which led me to join the Essex police in 1995. My entire policing career has been in Thurrock, with 14 years as Thurrock’s school liaison, a position as a Youth […]

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Victoria McBrown – Thurrock

  Victoria McBrown: Education, Thurrock         Hi, I’m Victoria I decided to go into teaching after my dream of working in pediatrics was shattered due to being told I ‘wasn’t good enough to be a doctor’ because I wasn’t very good at science at school. Being told this inspired me to celebrate […]

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Sarah-Louise Harris – Thurrock

  Sarah-Louise Harris: Education, Thurrock     Hi, I’m Sarah-Lou I am a class teacher at Kenningtons Primary Academy, and I also lead all sports events for the school. I’m a big advocate for children’s physical education because sport is a fantastic way for children to release tension, which supports them within their classroom environment. […]

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