Over the next two weeks we are showcasing some of the amazing work individuals and businesses have performed throughout the coronavirus pandemic as part of the Recognition of Service Awards.

Today we are look at the Kindness category:

Andrew Taylor

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

Andrew brought a little girl a trampoline out of his own pocket after seeing a post on Facebook.

His nomination said: "He above and beyond in supporting a young family who were shielding during lockdown by purchasing a trampoline for their young disabled daughter.

"Andrew went out of his way to track down a trampoline and paid for it out of his own pocket in order to ensure the young girl was able to have some form of entertainment and stimulation while being stuck at home.”

Lee Johnson

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

Lee and his wife had to close their body shop in April with a car park full of cars, so they decided to offer them out free of charge to NHS workers.

He said: "It was a no brainer that the unused cars could come to someone’s rescue."

Kevin Jennings

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

Kevin said: "I’m blessed in having a supportive family and friends group, but I knew people out there who needed that too, and if I could offer that to them, I would.

"Many days I spent on the telephone just assuring people that they were going to be ok. As someone who has had to deal with depression myself, this became natural to me to help pick people up and encourage a sense of worth and a confidence in their ability to ‘survive’."

Sophie Bleeker

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

Sophie said her nomination came as a surprise as she doesn't feel she has done anything "extraordinary".

Her nomination said: "She went above and beyond to support her husband with his anxieties, for helping me create a beautiful garden which we can all enjoy and take pleasure from while continuing to work from home for the NHS in her position as Assistant Psychologist with the Children’s Team."

Julie Taylor

Julie runs the Cafe at St Peters hospital and visited over 27 homes a week supplying food during lockdown.

She said: "We went to homes with family’s some had 5 plus kids and to our lovely senior citizens we even did a lady’s 100th birthday where we took gifts and waved through the window; she was over the moon."

"We enjoyed doing this, it was hard work and stressful but as we all know loneliness is a terrible thing."

Read more about the nominees here.

On Monday we will be showcasing the Team Working category.