Dale Farm Volunteer

75. Dave Nash (Wirral)

When Dave had a traffic accident aged 20 and broke his back he went to Dale Farm, an organic farm that provides a day service for adults with disabilities or mental health issues to learn life skills, to volunteer as part of his rehabilitation. Dave was so moved by the way the farm changed his […]

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Parish Nurse

74. Claire Gillett (Cambridgeshire)

Claire is the driving force behind Parish Nurse schemes across East Anglia and has played a key role in supporting the programme nationally. She started volunteering as a Parish Nurse three years ago, following a long year career in nursing. Parish nurses are organised by Christian churches and work with people of all ages, backgrounds […]

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Community Shop Pioneer

73. Sue Ransley (West Sussex)

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 (London)

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 (Aberdeen)

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 (Salisbury)

Educating thousands of trainee doctors about FGM

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New Hope

68. Jean Wilson (Worcester)

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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