Morrisons Community Champion Awarded BEM in Queens New Years Honours List

Rochelle Gardner, Community Champion at Morrisons Whitefield, recognised in this years Queens New Years Honours list and awarded British Empire Medal for her tireless efforts to support her local community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rochelle, who works at Morrisons in Whitefield has been honoured with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her ‘hands-on’ commitment to helping those in her local community. Since joining Morrisons in 2008, she has placed herself within the heart of Whitefield, raising thousands of pounds to support local hospices, schools and community groups.
Rochelle has been a key driving force in fundraising for the children’s charity Young Lives Vs Cancer. She has helped raise over £15,000 and donated hampers to local children which the charity supports. In September 2020, she was instrumental in arranging for a young patient at Christie’s hospital to receive a personal letter from Manchester United FC containing their best wishes.
And in November this year, Rochelle took part in Bury Hospices ‘Strictly Best Foot Forward’ dancing competition which saw her not only walk away with the top prize alongside her dancing partner, but also raise over £1200 for the hospice. During the pandemic, Rochelle also provided invaluable support and donations to vulnerable and isolating members of the local Jewish community including helping to organise a virtual event to celebrate Rosh Hashanah so that local residents felt connected in an interactive, inclusive and meaningful way.
Described as a lifeline within her local community, she is an inspiring example of a Community Champion, always going above and beyond what is expected of her within her role at Morrisons for the community in Whitefield.
Rochelle Gardner BEM, Community Champion at Morrisons Whitefield, said: “I’m thrilled to be recognised for something I am so passionate about. I love playing a part in supporting our community and those around me. It really is an honour to do this for a job every day.”
Morrisons Chief Executive, David Potts, said: “During these unprecedented times, our colleagues have acted selflessly to adapt to ever-changing conditions and to put their customers first. I want to say a very big and heartfelt thank you to Rochelle – and to all our colleagues – for their enormous and continuing contribution to their local communities and the country.”


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