Catering for careers

320. Mike McGrother

A community champion from Stockton-on-Tees who has helped over 100 young people who are not in education or employment develop skills to get back into work. Mike McGrother, 46, founded social enterprise Matty’s Bistro alongside local chef Matty Brown. The programme takes young people who are not in education, training or employment and trains them […]

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Supporting teenagers through family cancer & bereavement

318. Emma Sutherland
319. Jamie McIntosh

Emma Sutherland, age 15, and Jamie McIntosh, age 16, from Edinburgh both wrote books telling the stories of their mothers’ cancer diagnoses. So far, Emma’s book, Eek! My Mummy Has Breast Cancer, has sold 1,800 copies and is available in Maggie’s Centres, schools, and libraries in Scotland. Jamie’s book, My Mum Monica, has sold 500 […]

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Disabled football champion

317. John Smith

A 39 year old football enthusiast who has overcome his disabilities to train as a football coach and help other wheelchair users to enjoy the sport he loves. John Smith, from Croxteth, Liverpool, started attending Liverpool Football Club (LFC) Foundation’s (LFC’s official charity), ‘Respect 4 All’ Disability Programme five years ago and quickly took up […]

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Cryptic charity quizzers

315. Marian Stringer
316. Neville Mizen

Puzzling duo Marian and Neville, who are both in their late seventies, set up Rainbow Charity Puzzles in 1993 and so far they have raised £451,000 for charity. Every six months, they set a new cryptic puzzle and charge participants at least £1 to enter. Most people donate £10 each time, and currently, the puzzles go […]

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Charity champion

314. Joy De Souza

A  charity head, who has built a thriving voluntary organisation that helps run and fund community projects.

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Independence through IT

313. Dalton Brown

A local hero who helps unemployed disabled people in Bilston gain independence and get back to work. Dalton Brown, 54, is a former athlete who used to run at Wolverhampton and Bilston athletics club in 1970/80s, and had trials for Team GB in the 1980s. Two years ago, he suffered a stroke which left him […]

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Supporting parents through bereavement

312. Lesley Anderson

Lesley Anderson, 52 from Penicuik, near Edinburgh, was tragically bereaved 27 years ago when her first son Chris was stillborn at 29 weeks. She set up ‘ComforTED’ in 2013 to provide recently bereaved parents of tiny babies with a pair of teddies: One to stay with the child and the other to stay with the […]

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Balloon Fiesta founder

311. Don Cameron

The founder the biggest balloon event in Europe which now attracts half a million visitors and entries from around the world whilst raising tens of thousands for charity. Don Cameron, from Portishead in Bristol, founded the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in 1978 and has been active in all areas of the fiesta ever since, now acting […]

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