Micheal (‘Mick’) Wickes
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and all staff at Allum Manor I am greatly
saddened to report that our friend and colleague Micheal Wickes passed away
on Saturday 15th January after a brief illness.
Micheal was our Head Caretaker for the past 12 years and a local hero to many.
He was totally dedicated to serving customers and continued to do so even after
his illness was diagnosed.
Dr. Alex Byrne, Head of the Federation of local GP practices and the driving force
behind the vaccination clinics hosted at Allum Manor since last January, expressed
‘Mick really was one in a million, a man with an enormous heart. From
the first day we met, his boundless energy and enthusiasm was evident; he would find ways to help with any problem, and nothing was too much trouble.
He was out in the snow and rain helping the volunteers direct traffic (despite everybody’s attempts to drag him back inside!), he’d leap
to find or mend anything, he was up at the crack of dawn to open up
for us, always happy to answer queries from the public…
We will miss his gentle nature and quiet humour desperately.’
Since his passing, many customers who have known Micheal over the years
have given similar tributes, describing Micheal as ‘always helpful, going above and beyond. He was kind and he was genuine.’
Over the years as our resident caretaker, Micheal worked tirelessly, becoming
a ‘landmark’ at Allum Manor and a local character. His contribution to the success of the Gratitude Foodbank hosted at Allum Manor was recognised
officially by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire when in July 2020 he designated Micheal as a ‘Hero of Hertfordshire’.
I can personally testify to his willing support for all my NSPCC events. Micheal
was a good friend to us all and leaves us his extraordinary legacy of service.
For the Board of Trustees, Allum Manor