'Amazing' mum and volunteer wins Unsung Hero prize


Grace Witherden

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A single mother who spends her time volunteering in Maidenhead is our second winner of our search for an 'unsung hero'.

Heidi Pickering, from Furze Platt, was nominated for hard work in the community, and 'overcoming so many obstacles' with a smile.

The 29-year-old runs Messy Mondays at Riverside Children's Centre and looks after her three children, Willow, Ruby and Charlie.

The Advertiser has teamed up with the Pinkneys Arms pub in Lee Lane, Maidenhead to search for people in the community who are overdue a bit of recognition.

She was nominated for our unsung hero award by Sue Brett, who runs the Brett Foundation and helps run Maidenhead Foodshare.

Heidi said: "It's all been a bit random as I don't think I deserve the award.

"I've been volunteering for two to three years, and I always try and help people before they ask.

"If someone needs your help, always offer, never turn them away, that is what I was always taught.

"I've been running Messy Mondays for a while, it's a passion of mine to watch children learning and playing, I love seeing kids smile."

Sue Brett describes Heidi as an 'amazing' parent, who tries to set a good example to her children.

She said: "She does a great job volunteering, with messy Mondays at childrens centre and she always supports the foodbank every Christmas.

"She isn't your typical unsung hero but she has had to overcome so many obstacles and yet still smiles and works hard.  She truly deserves to be shown how special she is."


If you would like to nominate an ‘unsung hero’ for next month, write to assistant editor Nicola Hine, stating the name of the person you wish to nominate and why, together with their contact details if possible.

Send your nominations to nicolah@baylismedia.co.uk or Newspaper House, 48 Bell Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1HX.

The meal can be enjoyed on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, but must be claimed within two months of the winner being contacted.

You only need to write in once, and one winner will be picked in the first week of each month.


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