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Moray baker David Morgan praised for making cakes for key workers during Covid-19 lockdown

By John Davidson

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David Morgan has been baking cakes to be distributed to people in the community.
David Morgan has been baking cakes to be distributed to people in the community.

A Moray man who suffers from a chronic lung disease has been hailed as a Community Champion for his selfless actions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Former baker David Morgan has been busy in the kitchen preparing hundreds of cakes for key workers and others while he shields himself from the virus.

David, of Balmoral Terrace, Bishopmill, Elgin, suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and has been forced to self-isolate during the ongoing restrictions.

But he hasn't let that stop him thinking of others first.

His partner Fiona McDonald said: "David is a time-served baker but unfortunately, due to rapidly declining health, he had to give up work a year ago and having had such a lot of hospital stays due to his condition, he wanted to show his appreciation to all the medical staff who have looked after him over the years.

"Donations have also been made to his local pharmacy staff, the police, home carers, staff at Anderson's Care Home, the fire station, postal workers, delivery drivers and even guys working in the fields planting potatoes and harvesting carrots.

"He has also baked and distributed to neighbours in the street as many have offered to get provisions for us."

David (58) says he has baked more than 650 cakes to date – baking around 40 to 50 a day – and they have been distributed through the St Giles Church luncheon club group. Donations of ingredients and funds have come in since he started baking the cakes.

Some of the biscuits and cakes David has baked.
Some of the biscuits and cakes David has baked.

David, who served his time as a baker at Walkers in Aberlour before being bakery manager at the Elgin Tesco store where he worked for 32 years, said: "Baking keeps me going. I'm enjoying doing it and it's helping others. I've got two lovely ladies who do the delivering for me so I don't have to come into close contact with anyone. It's important to find a hobby to keep your mind off things."

Audrey Gill, who also nominated David, said: "These cakes have been so well received and brought pleasure to many, as I can personally testify having delivered several of them, and as such I feel warrants David being recognised as a Community Champion."

This is just one example of the amazing work being done in communities across the area during the coronavirus crisis.

In these difficult times, people are showing how much they care for each other in so many ways, from showing support for NHS staff and other key workers to volunteering to help those particularly affected by isolation.

Delivering food parcels, setting up online social groups and picking up medicines and other vital supplies are just some of the things we've shared stories of in our newspapers in recent weeks.

But we want to hear from you about who is making a real difference in your community. Who is going the extra mile to help people cope during the lockdown?

It could be somebody in your street, an individual who has started a village or town initiative or somebody going out to do vital work to keep the country going during the crisis.

To tell us about your Community Champions, send an email to community.champions@hnmedia.co.uk including the name of the person you are nominating; the town, village or street where they live; details of why you think they deserve recognition; a photograph of the person if you have one; plus the person's contact details if possible.

We will feature more of your nominations in the coming weeks.

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