Nomination Sophia Atcha Address : 11 Beckside Close. Cockermouth Postcode : CA13 9PW Telephone : 07769 696878 Email : sophiaatcha@hotmail.com Nominated By: Full Name : Emma McGordon Telephone : 07702 196092 Email : emmamcgordon@gmail.com IN WHAT CAPACITY DO YOU KNOW THE NOMINEE : Friend. We have also worked together. Sophia set up Scrub Up during the first lockdown making scrubs for NHS workers and protective clothing for school teachers, nurseries and anybody who needed it. YOUR NOMINATION ACHIEVEMENTS, PERSONALITY & SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY & OVER WHAT PERIOD OF TIME? : .Sophia moved to Cockermouth ten years ago. She is a familiar face and very well liked member of our community. In 2020 Sophia set up "Scrub Up: making scrubs for NHS workers and protective clothing for school teachers, nurseries and anybody who needed it. She created a community of volunteer " scrubbers" who as well as using their making skills also supported one another during the pandemic's darkest moments. Sophia single handedly devised this project with no funding or support. She sourced material and attracted national press coverage with the likes of Chris Evans. There is a some info here and news articles here: https://www.scrubupcumbria.co.uk/ https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19045720.sophias-team-scrub-up-well/ https://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/18676753.scrub-ups-hard-working-sophia-heart-gold/ The person I have nominated deserves to be considered for an invitation to the Cumbria Women of the Year Lunch because: : I know many of the volunteers became great friends with Sophia and Sophia always made time for the more vulnerable members of the group to feel valued, safe and appreciated. She has an incredible way with people,a quirky edge, impeccable dress sense and a huge heart. She put her heart and soul into this project and the small sample of things on the website mentioned above goes to show the achievements. Many people stop her in the streets of Cockermouth to ask how it's going or ask for scrubs themselves. But there are lots of things that many people don't know. Sophia put her heart, soul and kindness into this project while going through immense personal stress. Her website says she set up a charity, in many ways it was more than this, it was also a support group for the volunteers, a skill sharing hub and a hive of creative endeavor. Most founders of charities pay themselves a decent wage – Sophia was unwaged through out this project – she had been a freelancer previously working in community arts and as a professional make up artist ( her CV is star studded!) but the pandemic meant work dried up and she was one of the unfortunate ones who slipped through the self employment net and so received no emergency grants. Despite having very little money ( like really little ) she still turned up with coffee, biscuits and cakes for volunteers and would be out of pocket. She took nothing and gave everything. She did all the making, marketing, co ordination for free. She became a teacher, a counselor and a community worker while desperately struggling with financial and personal heart break. As Scrub Up was being credited in the local press and beyond as doing fabulous work with Sophia's lovely smiling face, I remember some of the late night teary phone calls where she was broken with exhaustion and back pain. Then came another blow as the house she was renting was being put up for sale. She was about to be homeless as well as jobless and yet the demands for scrubs kept coming in. I was able to help her find housing through Home housing and she is now safe in Cockermouth. However I know that she she has recently had to deal with a racist verbal attack ( she is of South Asian origin ). I can't describe how much she has put in and how little she took back. Obviously the above info is confidential. Sophia deserves this because we need to show as Cumbrians ( I am from Whitehaven) that we welcome all women to our community and celebrate those who go above and beyond.

Nomination

Sophia Atcha
Address : 11 Beckside Close. Cockermouth
Postcode : CA13 9PW
Telephone : 07769 696878
Email : sophiaatcha@hotmail.com

Nominated By:
Full Name : Emma McGordon
Telephone : 07702 196092
Email : emmamcgordon@gmail.com

IN WHAT CAPACITY DO YOU KNOW THE NOMINEE : Friend. We have also worked together.

Sophia set up Scrub Up during the first lockdown making scrubs for NHS workers and protective clothing for school teachers, nurseries and anybody who needed it.

YOUR NOMINATION ACHIEVEMENTS, PERSONALITY & SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY & OVER WHAT PERIOD OF TIME? : .Sophia moved to Cockermouth ten years ago. She is a familiar face and very well liked member of our community.

In 2020 Sophia set up "Scrub Up: making scrubs for NHS workers and protective clothing for school teachers, nurseries and anybody who needed it.

She created a community of volunteer " scrubbers" who as well as using their making skills also supported one another during the pandemic's darkest moments.

Sophia single handedly devised this project with no funding or support. She sourced material and attracted national press coverage with the likes of Chris Evans.

There is a some info here and news articles here:

https://www.scrubupcumbria.co.uk/

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19045720.sophias-team-scrub-up-well/

https://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/18676753.scrub-ups-hard-working-sophia-heart-gold/

The person I have nominated deserves to be considered for an invitation to the Cumbria Women of the Year Lunch because: : I know many of the volunteers became great friends with Sophia and Sophia always made time for the more vulnerable members of the group to feel valued, safe and appreciated. She has an incredible way with people,a quirky edge, impeccable dress sense and a huge heart. She put her heart and soul into this project and the small sample of things on the website mentioned above goes to show the achievements. Many people stop her in the streets of Cockermouth to ask how it's going or ask for scrubs themselves.

But there are lots of things that many people don't know. Sophia put her heart, soul and kindness into this project while going through immense personal stress. Her website says she set up a charity, in many ways it was more than this, it was also a support group for the volunteers, a skill sharing hub and a hive of creative endeavor.

Most founders of charities pay themselves a decent wage – Sophia was unwaged through out this project – she had been a freelancer previously working in community arts and as a professional make up artist ( her CV is star studded!) but the pandemic meant work dried up and she was one of the unfortunate ones who slipped through the self employment net and so received no emergency grants.

Despite having very little money ( like really little ) she still turned up with coffee, biscuits and cakes for volunteers and would be out of pocket. She took nothing and gave everything. She did all the making, marketing, co ordination for free. She became a teacher, a counselor and a community worker while desperately struggling with financial and personal heart break. As Scrub Up was being credited in the local press and beyond as doing fabulous work with Sophia's lovely smiling face, I remember some of the late night teary phone calls where she was broken with exhaustion and back pain. Then came another blow as the house she was renting was being put up for sale. She was about to be homeless as well as jobless and yet the demands for scrubs kept coming in. I was able to help her find housing through Home housing and she is now safe in Cockermouth. However I know that she she has recently had to deal with a racist verbal attack ( she is of South Asian origin ).

I can't describe how much she has put in and how little she took back. Obviously the above info is confidential. Sophia deserves this because we need to show as Cumbrians ( I am from Whitehaven) that we welcome all women to our community and celebrate those who go above and beyond.

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