A lifelong Wasps supporter has been recognised by the Club for going above and beyond for his local community during the Coronavirus crisis.
Olly Jaycocks, from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, has been giving up his spare time every day alongside a full-time job for the past four months to ensure vulnerable residents in his neighbourhood are being looked after.
The 30-year-old, who works full-time as a bid manager for an employee benefits company, began volunteering after answering a Facebook appeal from the Chesham Help For Coronavirus who were seeking volunteers to help vulnerable residents during the pandemic.
The group as a whole has so far fulfilled more than a thousand requests across Chesham from grocery and medication deliveries to checking in on the lonely - 100 requests of which Olly has either co-ordinated or been directly involved in.
This prompted Olly’s brother AJ to nominate him into the Wasps Community Hero Awards, in association with Wasps Partner, Hannafin Contractors.
The awards aim to recognise and reward people that have made a significant difference in their local community.
“I didn’t know I had been nominated into these awards until my brother told me that I had won!” said Olly.
“It was a brilliant surprise as I have supported Wasps since I was a child.
“Volunteering has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done - as you can see first-hand the difference you are making to people’s lives when you visit them to either drop off their shopping, or simply checking that they’re ok.
“One particular highlight for me was being able to go to the supermarket to pick up some much-needed medication for a lady’s husband. He had just had brain surgery but neither him nor his wife could go out, so to see their reaction when I turned up at the door was a good feeling.
“I obviously can’t fulfil every request, but to ensure nobody is let down I have set up a WhatsApp group of 16 other volunteers in my area so that when I am alerted to a request, I can field it out to others.
“If the pandemic has taught me anything, it is the value of community spirit. I’m still volunteering with the group and will continue to do so as long as there is a need for it.”
To thank Olly for his efforts in the community, Hannafin Contractors will provide Olly with hospitality at an upcoming Wasps home match at Ricoh Arena, a signed shirt and personal video message from a first-team Wasps player.
Adam Benson, Chief Commercial Officer at Wasps, added: “Olly’s story is why both ourselves and Hannafin Contractors wanted to run this community hero competition, because it gives people such as Olly the recognition that they deserve.
“Helping others in their time of need should be commended, and we are looking forward to welcoming Olly along to an upcoming game at Ricoh Arena in the near future.”