Heart of Hale announces the winner of its Local Heroes competition
*Tottenham Hale local Verral Paul-Walcott has been announced as the winner of Heart of Hale’s Local Heroes competition.
Argent Related, the developer behind the Heart of Hale development in Tottenham Hale, launched its Local Heroes competition in November 2021.
The local community were asked to vote for their local hero and Verral stood out for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty during the pandemic, receiving a record number of nominations.
Verral quickly became a strong advocate for those in poverty, establishing a delivery service with his local cycling group and coordinating ride-outs to distribute food and supplies to local people in need.
When lockdown restrictions hit, Verral used the power of social media to gather support and donations, raising vital funds for the homeless and those with minimal means.
Verral has since begun a laundry service which allows homeless people to get their clothes cleaned for next day pick-up. He also rallied the community to generate 600 Verral Paul-Walcott Christmas presents for children and has provided free school uniforms, in addition to supplying money to local cafes and shops so that they could provide homeless people with hot food deliveries.
Living by the mantra: ‘if you can help someone − do it!’, Verral’s next mission is to raise enough money to buy a van, which he will use as a mobile foodbank to distribute supplies. A community food membership group is also in the pipeline, which will allow people to access wholesale goods at low rates.
Verral said: “I’d like to thank the local community who have helped me do this without any funding.”
He added: “I’m delighted to have won this competition as it helps me give a voice to those living on the poverty line.
Poverty is something that’s not often spoken about, it’s something that’s hidden because people are scared that they are going to be judged, and that’s something I want to change.
“Our social groups determine what’s important in society, but culturally, we are taught to hide these things. It’s time to now speak about it because we’ve got a tonne of work to do.”
Believing that it is the people who make a place, Argent Related will showcase Verral’s story on the hoardings that surround the Heart of Hale development in Station Road, outside the North Island site.
Argent Related will also donate to Tottenham Foodbank, chosen by Verral from one of three fantastic local charities doing great work for the Tottenham Hale community.
Tom Goodall, Partner and Head of Residential at Argent Related, said: “We were amazed by the number of entries we received to the Local Heroes competition, demonstrating just how important communities are in the wake of the pandemic. We are proud to celebrate all of Tottenham Hale’s local heroes.
“A huge variety of individuals were nominated, from tennis and football coaches to passionate volunteers – all with their own unique stories.
“Verral’s story is an inspiration and his dedication to help those in need stood out. We are delighted to be supporting his chosen charity, Tottenham Foodbank.”
Head to Heart of Hale’s Instagram and Facebook pages @HeartofHaleN17 for more information about Tottenham Hale’s Local Heroes competition.
To donate to Tottenham Foodbank: crowdfunder.co.uk/p/tottenham