Bikers from The Outlaws Motorcycle Club and other volunteers gave out 1,000 food parcels during the first Covid lockdown and have received awards in recognition
The boss of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club has been awarded two civic awards in recognition for the help he and others gave during the early days of the pandemic to feed needy people.
As soon as the first lockdown hit in March 2020 Stuart Dawson turned his diner restaurant in Colwyn Bay into a place where people could go for food parcels.
During the first lockdown he and his band of volunteers gave out or delivered over 1,000 food parcels.
That Easter they also gave away thousands of Easter eggs to local children, with most of the donations coming from local residents and Morrisons supermarket.
In recognition of what they did Colwyn Bay Town Council have given Stuart and the other volunteers ‘highly commended volunteer of the year award’ and the John David Memorial Award for Volunteer of the Year.
“I don’t want this award to be about me, it’s about the volunteers and the community that came together to feed those in need,” said Stuart.
“We feed people from all walks of life including people from the big houses in Colwyn Heights, it certainly wasn’t just the poor.”
He added: “We were just doing what was needed at the time, we seemed to be the only people doing it.”
Former soldier turned chef Paul Clifford said: “I can honestly say The Outlaws are the nicest bunch of people I’ve ever met and we are still friends to this day.”
He continued: “At the time we were exhausted, sorting out all the food parcels and deliveries was pretty tiring but I’m so glad we did it as so many people needed our help as they just didn’t have any food.
“Many couldn’t get supermarket delivery slots and couldn’t go to the shops. Others just didn’t have the money as they were furloughed and had big bills to pay and so on.”
Paul added: “It’s nice to get the awards in recognition, but at the time help was needed from councillors and politicians it was hard to even get a reply when we contacted people.
“The only one that offered to help was Janet Finch Saunders, the Aberconwy AM.”