True Stories

Please email me with your stories and let other people be inspired by your kindness and acts of courage. 

Sometimes in our lives we come across amazing acts of kindness

After recently spending seven days in Tilney Ward Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn Norfolk where I must firstly point out the Doctors and Nurses were first class and every effort was made to make me feel comfortable and very welcome.

After 4 days I started to think how could I ever repay the kindness shown to me and after seeing the tea round I noticed that there was a shortage of cups for tea time and to get a second cuppa they had to take your old cup and wash it up which I felt would be taking up there valuable time if they didn't have enough to do already.

That was it then within 24 hours after leaving the hospital I was back there with 36 brand new white mugs and with a thank you card presented them to the ward.

Now everyone has a good cuppa including the Doctors and Nurses.   

Presentation of the I've Been Brave Badges

After having a scan the children will be presented with a I've been brave badge.

Nurse Daisy takes delivery of the  "I Have Been Brave and Teddy Bear badges.

March Winner 2021

Rachel Elliott

A teaching assistant at a Fenland school has been named as the first winner of a charity’s Hearts of Gold Award 2021.

Rachel Elliott, who works at Peckover School in Wisbech was nominated for a Linking Hands Charity UK’s Hearts of Gold Awards 2021, which are open to anyone from across East Anglia including Fenland, by parent Sarah Dodkin.

She and her husband Ben, nominated Rachel for her incredible work with their eldest son Finley who suffers from Battens Disease, a neurodegenerative disease during lockdown.

Sarah, who has two other sons, Arthur and Harrison, said: "Finley has two amazing teaching assistants, Rachel and Emma Thompson, and they are both incredible with him and his learning. We specifically nominated Rachel for her work with Finley during lockdown as she went above and beyond creating the work for him.

“As a team Rachel and Emma are amazing. Rachel is an incredible and vital cog in Finley’s learning. She has been his one to one for three years and has always been amazing but over lockdown we have seen first hand how amazing she is and how much time and effort goes into every lesson for Finley.

“Finley lost most of his sight a couple of years ago and struggles with the onset of childhood dementia but this hasn’t impacted his confidence, his ability to learn alongside his peers or learning to adapt to a new life and that is because of Rachel.

“She has learnt Braille alongside Finley and has trained herself in all sorts of techniques that allow her to adapt everything within the classroom so that Finley is always included completely. The work over lockdown she produces for Finley every single day is absolutely mind blowing.

“ She Brailles his work, records her voice so he can hear her asking questions or giving instructions. She creates tactile resources such as maps and grids and Finley has a variety of activities every single day to keep him motivated, engaged and on a level with his peers.

“She even spends weekends making him tactile games for him to play with his two brothers such as Ludo. Lockdown could have been a difficult and potentially life changing experience for Finley and he could have lost many of his skills taught at school but thanks to Rachel he has improved, excelled and loved it. Thank you Rachel you really have a heart of gold.”

Linking Hands Charity, which is a self-supported charity offering a range of free services such as bereavement counselling and cancer support, is run by Steven and Linda Schooling from Leverington and they launched the awards last month to recognise anyone who has helped others during the pandemic.

With the awards, which have been sponsored by SCS Business Awards Ltd and WEP Fabrications, there will be a winner - or maybe more depending on nominations - each month up to November and then in December there will be overall winners chosen from the monthly winners.

Winners will receive a personalised mug and a plaque to mark their success.

To nominate your hero download an entry form from

and email


Rob Burrow MBE

Rob Burrow played his entire career with Rugby League team Leeds Rhinos and won every honour with the club as part of their golden generation. A hard working and dedicated player, his fearless performances made him one of the most respected players in the Rhinos ranks.

He was a tough competitor on the field who gave his all for the team and had the ability to create a piece of magic that was a trademark of the Rhinos team.

In December 2019, Rob Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) at the age of just 37. Rob has three children under the age of eight and is battling hard to raise awareness and support fundraising to aid research into MND.
Rob is one of an estimated 5,000 adults in the UK currently living with motor neurone disease. Every day, an average of six people are diagnosed with MND. The MND Association focuses on improving access to care, funding research, and campaigning for those people living with, or affected by, MND.
The Leeds Players Association are supporting Rob and his family through this Go Fund Me account with all proceeds initially going to the fund to support Rob with dealing with his diagnosis and his wife and three young children.

Find out more about Rob here