Sisters receive special award from Prime Minister for their hand-made guardian angels for NHS workers in Burnley

NHS staff, keyworkers and those on the frontline across Burnley have been presented with guardian angels hand-made by two very caring sisters.
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One of the inspirations for Ebonae-Rose (eight) and six-year-old Summer Meeks was their grandma, Lesley Meeks, who works in the East Lancashire Health Trust's Endoscopy department covering Burnley General Hospital.

Their dad Jamie a firefighter and they also have an aunt who is a paradmedic so the girls know first hand the sterling work frontline workers have been doing during the pandemic.

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Keen to do something to help at the start of the pandemic the sisters started to make the angels to give out to family and friends with the tagline of spreading some love, hope and positivity.

Ebonae-Rose and Summer Meeks with their grandma, Lesley Meeks, who was one of the inspirations for their guardian angels project.Ebonae-Rose and Summer Meeks with their grandma, Lesley Meeks, who was one of the inspirations for their guardian angels project.
Ebonae-Rose and Summer Meeks with their grandma, Lesley Meeks, who was one of the inspirations for their guardian angels project.

And they have done that in spades for the sisters have made and sent out an incredible 9,000 angels to staff working at hospitals, not just in Burnley and Blackburn, but across the UK and some of the angels have travelled as far away as Australia and America.

Other frontline staff including police officers in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, care home workers, charities, teachers, nursery workers, shop assistants, funeral directors, florists, pharmacists, medical centres, GP surgeries and dentists have also received them.

Proud mum Tracey said: "They started at the beginning of April and haven't stopped since.

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"Even though they are back at school the first thing they do when they come home is get to work on making more angels."

NHS staff at Burnley General Hospital are thrilled to sport their guardian angels made by the Meeks sistersNHS staff at Burnley General Hospital are thrilled to sport their guardian angels made by the Meeks sisters
NHS staff at Burnley General Hospital are thrilled to sport their guardian angels made by the Meeks sisters

Even their little brothers, Harley (two) and one-year-old J-Jay have got in on the act and helped with the project andthe girls now have their own facebook page for followers to watch how far the angels travel.

The sisters, who live in Crawshawbooth, were thrilled when they received Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s daily Points of Light award to recognise outstanding individuals making a difference where they live.

In a personal letter to the girls, the Prime Minister said he wanted to recognise them as the UK’s 1,449th and 1,450th Points of Light. The award follows on from the BBC Everyday Hero Award the sisters were nominated for in the summer.

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Tracey and Jamie, who have been funding the costs of materials and postage for the project since it began, have now launched a gofundme page to help the project to continue and also for them to make some fantastic donations to NHS Charities Together and also several charities close to the hearts of the family including Pendleside and East Lancashire hospices.