Community leader recognised for work during pandemic

Reverend Claudette Young pictured at Buckingham Palace
Reverend Claudette Young pictured at Buckingham Palace

A church leader has been recognised for her work distributing surplus food in Ponders End during the pandemic.

Claudette Young, who works at Ponders End Food Hub, has been awarded a British Empire Medal.

The food hub was set up in March 2017 by Gospel Temple Apostolic Church, where Claudette is a reverend.

During the pandemic, Rev Young and her team of volunteers continued to deliver food parcels to those who were shielding at home and at risk of hunger during the lockdown.

Reacting to her award, Claudette said: “I had no idea that anyone would want to nominate me. Who would’ve thought little old me from humble origins would get an award? I thought it was only for rich people.

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“When I received the letter I almost threw it away because I didn’t know what it was and thought it was just a circular. I couldn’t believe it when I read it. I don’t do what I do for rewards – I do it to show love.

“I hope it will be an inspiration to others. This medal is for all the volunteers at Gospel Temple who have been working hard in Ponders End and Enfield.”

Jason Young, the church pastor, said: “Claudette is passionate about her community and works extremely hard to transform the lives of the people of Ponders End. She truly cares for people unconditionally and wants to see them realise their full potential no matter what their background is.”

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