Celebrating community heroes

For this year’s Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) Tempo asked you to nominate heroes in your community.

We received an incredible response from individuals, charities and community groups across England and Wales. Many of the nominations featured people that have started new community groups, supported people in need in the community, as well as individuals that quite simply raise everyone’s spirit by bringing a smile to their volunteering.

We shared highlights of these nominations throughout Volunteers’ Week as our way of celebrating all those who go the extra mile to make positive differences to their community.

A few of the many amazing contributions are reflected below;

Richard Spray is a community hero because:

He helps out in the town hall (MOLD Flintshire), keeps the notice boards up to date and does the spring clean.

Nominated by: Dennis Saunders at Daniel Owen Community Centre 

Maria George is a community hero because:

She puts everyone else first, always. Maria herself is a volunteer – this is full time. She is fully involved with Grub Hub, De-Caf, Youth Cafe, Snack Shack, just to mention a few. She does this as a volunteer for the Medway Christian Fellowship. She could get a call at midnight by a family in need, and still take the call. As far as I am concerned, she is Wonder Woman !

Nominated by: Shilpa Desai-Sakaldip at Huntingdon Town Council

Read the rest of the inspiring nominations.

Submissions to the call-out for Community Heroes were also in with a chance of winning £30 in supermarket vouchers.

Shortlisting winners from such an inspirational range of people was very difficult, but Tempo eventually picked the following two responses. We would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who participated. You are all community heroes!

WINNER 
PHIL MARITT NOMINATED BY ROSIE ALLEN-JONES

Phil has overcome enormous hurdles to get to where he is now and continues to deal with the challenges life throws at him. He has dedicated a large amount of time to volunteering at The Connection St Martins and is helping many people in similar situations he himself has experienced. His enthusiastic and caring approach has enabled us to engage with some of the hardest to reach homeless people in Westminster and we couldn’t do it without people like Phil.

“Phil has dedicated a large amount of time to volunteering at The Connection St Martin’s and we are thrilled he’s been selected as a Community Hero.”- Rosie, The Connection St Martins.

WINNER
HEATHER HARVEY NOMINATED BY SARAH HARVEY

My mum. What a fantastic role model. Having a disabled son and being a full-time carer for him, mum has never stopped thinking of others. She has supported all my activities and fund-raised £’000s to help others. From creating charities, helping PTA’s, parent carer forums, being a trustee on numerous committees. Mum has a big heart and often ignores her own needs to help friends and family. I hope that I will make her proud and continue to follow in her happy attitude to life.

“That has made me feel so emotional.
Sarah is currently working abroad and I miss her to bits. Such a wonderful surprise.. Thank you so much” – Heather.