Worthing Theatres and Museum is celebrating Worthing’s pandemic spirit with a celebration of the people that have got us through.
As part of the project, submitted photographs will become part a unique outdoor photography exhibition filling the windows of the Pavilion Theatre on Worthing seafront. The exhibition will also become part of an online digital catalogue, with all content generated by the community.
We Are Worthing looks to capture the faces and stories of the people that shaped the past year. Worthing Theatres and Museum are asking the public from across Sussex to submit photographs of the people who have impacted their lives during the pandemic, along with a short description of why the person matters to them or made a difference to the community.
The deadline for submissions is May 16. Photographs should be front facing passport style and the highest quality possible accompanied by a short explanation (30-50 words) of why you are nominating this person. Successful submissions will then form part of the exhibition at the Pavilion Theatre as well as being included in an online digital catalogue. To nominate your pandemic hero, visit www.wtam.uk/weareworthing.
Among the nominees so far:
Clare: “Clare is a community hero. She pulls everyone together through amazing creative fun fundraising activities. She has a good word for everyone and works tirelessly, always coming up with unique, community projects. Through her efforts she has raised thousands but more importantly she has the knack of bringing different people together. She has been a lifeline for many through the lonely pandemic.” Nominated by Polly.
Sue: “Sue worked as a volunteer shopper for Adur & Worthing Council and the community at large right from day one. She also walked dogs and would have helped at the Covid vaccination centres but was diagnosed with cancer in January and sadly died in March.” Nominated by Alan.
Sammy: “Sammy’s care for her staff throughout lockdown has been amazing; checking on their welfare, organising virtual keeping in touch, being Santa’s Elf, spending hours creating a fully Covid secure office ready for the return. All whilst making sure that vital advice remained accessible to the most vulnerable in our society.’ Nominated by Jane.
Chris: ‘Chris has been working incredibly hard during the pandemic and more often than not, putting his safety and health at risk to ensure the public are protected and able to safely use key facilities in Worthing. Fantastic colleague and a lovely person who deserves this recognition and more.” Nominated by Sam.
Dale: “Dale volunteers to help people in the pandemic. We were all ill with five-year-old twins in isolation when Dale went to the shops for much-needed supplies. Not only did he do this but he bought as a bonus a packet of Jaffa cakes to cheer us up!” Nominated by Amanda.
Matt: “Matt has been a great calming influence during lockdown. He ran Taskmaster-style challenges on a Facebook group and ran a great quiz! His positive attitude always made me feel that we could achieve anything we set our minds to.” Nominated by James.
Patricia: “My mum and Nanny Pat has been there for me and us as a family throughout. Providing emotional support as well as childcare and social support. She has supported both my mental health and enabled me to continue working as a key worker looking after our three-year-old during the whole pandemic. We are so lucky to have our mum and Nanny Pat.’ Nominated by Joanne.
Nick: “Nick, my husband, is head of an adult learning provider in Sussex that enables people to get back into work through education – normally all in-person classes. When the pandemic hit, he worked around the clock for what seemed like months on end to ensure the safety of his students, team, and teaching staff on top of flipping the teaching delivery to online. This might sound simple and many schools/businesses did do this but he had no previous experience or framework or support so worked everything out for himself and trained up his teachers (in record time) to be able to deliver courses online (most of his teachers had no clue at all and some didn’t even have laptops) and support students and staff throughout all of the panic, stress and uncertainty.” Nominated by Meghan.