Neighbourhood Watch, the organisation that supports individuals and groups to create safer, stronger and active communities has announced the winner of its 2020 Neighbour of the Year competition.
Many Neighbourhood Watch members want to actively help make their community a better place to live and Shaun from Hull has been crowned the winner of the Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch 2020 Neighbour of the Year competition for his inspirational work helping his neighbours through the challenges of COVID-19.
A well deserving winner, Shaun Blagdon is a beacon of hope for his neighbours on Ella Street, where he was born, and his wider
community in Hull. Shaun has done so many things for his neighbours, but really stepped up during the difficulties of this year.
As the nation went into lockdown in March, Shaun rallied his neighbours together to form a network of community volunteers who helped support vulnerable and shielding neighbours. The scheme was so successful that it became part of the City of Hull’s official response, while many of the 400 volunteers in the group have become firm friends as well as good neighbours.
Shaun has long been a great neighbour to his friends in Hull. He runs a Facebook page called “Only on Ella Street” as a friendly forum for
residents to swap stories, tips, ideas and safety information.
As if that wasn’t enough, Shaun also helps to organise the Ella Street Festival. With parades, fair rides, stalls and live music, the event is
always a great community get-together. This year, due to the pandemic, Shaun had to think on his feet to make sure the festival still went
ahead with Covid guidelines in place. Shaun’s neighbour, Elizabeth Heywood, who nominated him for the award, said: “As we went
into lockdown, and before the city council’s response was up and running, Shaun got in touch with friends and distributed hundreds of
leaflets across this area of Hull, seeking people to help as well as those who needed assistance.