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Hearing dogs hero

331. Dave Thompson

Helping to unite deaf people with hearing dogs for more than twenty years, Dave Thompson has been a central part of the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Hull and District branch since, 1992 soon after his daughter, Denise, lost her hearing. Dave saw how much benefit hearing dogs gave to his daughter and has since […]

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Coding access champion

330. Despo Pentara

A young developer who is spearheading the diversification of the tech industry.  Despo Pentara, a Cypriot based in East London, set up codebar in 2013 as a way of increasing the number of women, LGBT and ethnic minorities within the tech industry. Running from six venues across the UK, and with over 600 people having […]

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Stem cell record breaker

329. Rik Basra

A Leicester man with leukaemia who has signed up thousands of people to the UK stem cell register. In October last year Rik Basra set a challenge to sign up 1000 people to the stem cell register in one day. ‘Race to 1000’ took place at Loughborough University and eight different locations around Leicester city […]

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Duck race dynamo

328. Geoff Maddever

The Duck Race is a common sight down the River Looe in Cornwall with thousands of visitors and locals taking part every year. However this annual charity event wouldn’t be possible without the tireless efforts of local man Geoff Maddever. Since the Duck Race began over 20 years ago Geoff has led the team from […]

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Fundraising RNLI fan

327. Harry Mascall

A Wilmslow-based eight-year-old has raised over £1,000 to support saving lives at sea by visiting lifeboat stations across the UK. Harry Mascall has set himself a challenge to visit every lifeboat station in the UK to raise awareness and funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). He visits the stations during his school holidays […]

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Making a big difference with smalls

326. Maria Macnamara

A Livingston woman who founded a charity that has collected over 100,000 items of underwear and distributed them to vulnerable women and children in Africa. Maria Macnamara, 45, founded ‘Smalls for All’ after taking part in volunteer trips to orphanages in Brazil, Thailand and Ethiopia. They provide underwear to orphanages, slums, Internally Displaced Person (IDP) […]

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Supermum making Supershoes

325. Sarah White

A mum  who brings happiness to hundreds of children affected by cancer by creating customised ‘super’ shoes to reflect their hobbies and passions. Sarah White, 40, from Woburn Sands in Buckinghamshire founded charity ‘Supershoes’ in 2013. Their mission is to empower children fighting cancer by creating personalised Converse trainers decorated with amazing designs chosen by […]

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Brilliant Beekeeper

324. Clive Joyce

A beekeeper who has been looking after bees for over 30 years and has inspired hundreds of people to learn about beekeeping. Clive Joyce, 71, first began beekeeping after being intrigued by a bee-handling display at the Royal Show in Stoneleigh. Clive’s wife booked him onto a course and for the next 30 years Clive […]

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