Community Shop Pioneer

73. Sue Ransley

The village of Kirdford was without a shop for more than three years when Sue realised that there was a potential to create a new store that could become the centre of the community. By applying for grants and old-fashioned fundraising, just under £250,000 was raised to buy a building in the village and transform […]

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Pearly Queen Of Hackney

72. Jackie Murphy

Jackie is part of the Hitchen family whose ancestors were first crowned Pearly Kings and Queens in 1894. Her daughters are the Pearly Queens of Clapton and Shoreditch and her four grandchildren are set to inherit these titles when they grow up. Until recently Jackie was chair of The Original Pearly Kings and Queen Association […]

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Commonwealth Champion

71. Jenny Thomson

In 1970 Jenny was selected as a volunteer for the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh as a medal bearer in the swimming pools. 44 years later, Jenny is back volunteering at the swimming pool, as a ‘Clyde Sider’ for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Once again, like her 21 year-old self she will be assisting with the […]

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Fighting Forced Marriages

Lauren volunteers as a youth advisor and ambassador for Plan UK, a charity that works with the world’s poorest children so they can move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity. She is a member of their Youth Advisory Panel and a Youth Adviser on the UNICEF board of Trustees. Highlights […]

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Inspirational FGM campaigner

69. Yvonne Obura

Educating thousands of trainee doctors about FGM

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New Hope

68. Jean Wilson

New Hope works with families who have children with disabilities and complex health care needs in the Worcester area. Jean founded the group in 2010 when she discovered that there was little support in her area for her daughter Emily, who was diagnosed with a severe disability at 17 months old.  New Hope provides Saturday […]

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Champion Carer

67. Frank Blades

Frank was inspired to raise awareness of the role of volunteer carers after becoming a carer for his wife.  When Frank’s wife was discharged from hospital a number of years ago, he felt they were sent home without adequate support or advice.  Frank felt strongly that this was a problem that should and could be […]

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Veteran Hero

66. Ron Andrew

Ron Andrew, who is 84 years old, has been tending graves of old soldiers for years in order to show his respect and raise awareness of the contribution made by local servicemen who fought in WW1 and WW2. Ron was called up for National Service in 1948 when he was 18 and spent two years […]

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