By Richard McKeever
As a counter to the annual Sunday Times Rich List, published over the weekend, the Independent on Sunday published their Happy List of “100 people who make Britain a better and a happier place to live”
It makes for an interesting read – not least because ten of the 100 are individuals whose stories featured in Britain’s Everyday Heroes. The book that Community Links worked on with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, published in July last year.
It’s a shame the book was not mentioned in the article! … but it is great that there is further recognition for ten of the people in the PM’s book:
- Paul Bain; Co-founder, Emmaus Cambridge
- Bruce Crowther; pioneer of the World’s first Fairtrade town
- Dave Green; athletics Coach with Newham And Essex Beagles
- Anthea Hare; Founder of Richard House Hospice
- Mandy Jetter; Comfrey Project Refugee allotment co-ordinator
- Peter Morson; Local councillor who led the regeneration of former pit village
- Lalita Patel; Bromley Asian Cultural Association
- Matt Peacock; Streetwise Opera, Opera with the homeless
- Benita Refson; ThePlace2Be Supporting children’s emotional wellbeing
- Tom Steinberg; Promoting democracy at Mysociety.org
I met each of these inspiring individuals - plus another 23 – whilst we were doing research for the book. The back cover copy refers to the PM “telling the stories of ordinary people whose willing commitment to a cause or a community has informed and inspired him. The stories tell of a real Britain neither flawless nor broken down but caring, innovative, passionate and determined.” I am a bit biased – but go on… buy a copy… it will make you happy!