Preston Rocks events for keyworkers organised by local woman affected by coronavirus

Posted on - 22nd August, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Health, What's On in Preston
Sarah Williams and her husband
Sarah and her husband. Pic: Sarah Williams

A patient who recovered from suspected coronavirus is organising two Preston Rocks events, offering free tickets to keyworkers who have battled on through the lockdown.


Sarah Williams was in hospital for six days after displaying symptoms of the virus and self-isolation at home for three weeks. Although Sarah tested negative for Covid-19, after being treated and released from hospital she wanted to do something to say thank you to everyone who is helping during the pandemic.

Sarah said: “During my time in hospital I saw first hand just how hard all the NHS staff work and its simply amazing. They looked after everyone so well – we even applauded on the Thursday clap from our ward.

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“This affected my family directly, as my husband worked throughout as a keyworker in manufacturing, my daughter was also on the frontline as a care worker in a private care home. She has been heavily pregnant throughout this crisis.

“Her partner also worked on the front line in retail. Also, I am a carer for my mum, who due to health conditions and age was also shielding at home.

Preston Rocks - Part 2
Preston Rocks – Part 2

“Due to having so many family members affected and working it was important to me that we recognise the hard work that keyworkers are doing.”

The first Preston Rocks event is set to take place in November for staff from the NHS, Police, Fire and Care Homes and the event has already received a huge amount of support.

Sarah has now decided to organise a second event for other keyworkers in retail who kept us fed during the nationwide lockdown.

“We decided to then run Preston Rocks part 2 for these keyworkers, and again the response has been amazing,” Sarah added.

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“These events were an idea that I came up with after watching the coverage of COVID and wanting to do something to say thank you to all those on the front line, looking after the public, without a thought for their own safety.

“Both events have been a joint effort between myself at Fairydust Events and Dave at Riva. We definitely could not have done these events without him; both Dave and his wife Tracy have been fantastic.

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“Also we do need to say a huge thank you to all the bands and artists who have given their time free of charge, to also say their thanks to all that have worked.

“We also have a photographer on the night offering his time for free to take our pictures, and a local health and beauty business has offered to pamper our frontline workers.”

Due to government guidelines, both events have now sold out however more tickets are set to be released if social distancing guidelines change.

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