681. Nick Gibbs
Nick Gibbs is helping his hometown of Lover in Salisbury revive its romantic reputation in order to renovate a community centre.
In past years the village traditionally saw thousands of Valentine’s Day cards sent via its postal service from those seeking a ‘Lover’ postmark.
After raising over £85,000 in just eight weeks to buy the empty old village school, Nick and his team of volunteers at the Lover Community Trust have embarked upon a new mission to fundraise an extra pot of cash to complete its refurbishment and provide a regular income stream for the community for generations to come.
They have sold 8000 specially crafted Lover Valentine’s Day cards, resurrecting Lover’s famous postmark, which are being dispatched across the world.
In a personal letter to Nick, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“The inventive way in which you are raising funds to create a community space for the people of Lover is engaging the whole community and spreading joy across the world.”
“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the village of Lover. We hope to demonstrate that rural communities can thrive in the 21st century with innovative and creative schemes which empower and unite people.”