Stars of Norfolk and Waveney 2021: A look back at last year's winner

EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney 2020 Awards at Norwich Cathedral. Karen Fulcher, Overall Star of No

EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney 2020 Awards at Norwich Cathedral. Karen Fulcher, Overall Star of Norfolk and Waveney. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

It is the time of year again when we celebrate the heroes and heroines within our community, as the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards return for their ninth year.

Today, we take a look back at last year's Overall Star and Unsung Heroine, Karen Fulcher.

Working relentlessly through the toughest months of the pandemic to make scrubs, washbags and masks for healthcare workers who needed more sets than ever, Mrs Fulcher won over the judges to secure her two well-deserved awards in 2020.

EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney 2020 Awards at Norwich Cathedral. Karen Fulcher, Overall Star of No

EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney 2020 Awards at Norwich Cathedral. Karen Fulcher, Overall Star of Norfolk and Waveney. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

After hearing from her son, who worked for a charitable trust at the NHS, that it was short of scrubs, Mrs Fulcher, of Newbegin Road, in Norwich, created and donated 164 sets of scrubs and more than 500 washbags and masks.

With the help from her community donating old sheets and materials, the finished garments were sent out to NHS organisations by post at her own expense. 

Upon receiving her awards, Mrs Fulcher said: "It's amazing. I'm totally shocked. It means everything, all of the hours spent making scrubs, and all of the stories I’ve heard means the world.

"I was just doing what I was doing, I didn’t expect this. The awards will take pride of place, both certificates in the living room."

EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney 2020 Awards at Norwich Cathedral. Karen Fulcher, Overall Star of No

EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney 2020 Awards at Norwich Cathedral. Karen Fulcher, Overall Star of Norfolk and Waveney. - Credit: Simon Finlay Photography

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The judges said: “Karen was not only spending her day as a frontline worker, but she would spend her evenings making scrubs and face masks by hand, for them to be used by local doctors and nurses and help the NHS.

Karen Fulcher.

Karen Fulcher, winner of the Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Award 2020 Unsung Hero/Heroine of the Year as-well-as Overall Star award. - Credit: Archant

“Her actions were over and above in a time of real crisis and made a tremendous difference for nurses and doctors, helping them to safely deliver patient care.

“The selfless actions of Karen Fulcher really epitomised the kindheartedness we have seen across the UK, and indeed the world, in this year like no other.”

Do you know someone who should be nominated for this year's awards? A star in your community who has made an impact on the lives of others? Submissions are now open online here!

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