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Love West Norfolk: Nominate local lockdown heroes

Written by James Bagge, the former sheriff of Norfolk, now Love West Norfolk ambassador

These last few months have been profoundly difficult for many, many people.

The impact of Covid-19 has been felt right across the world, including, of course, here in West Norfolk. My thoughts are very much with everyone who has been affected by the virus.

As in any time of difficulty and turmoil, we look for the helpers. Not least the legions of unpaid carers – including young carers – who look after the sick and the vulnerable. I was so pleased to have the opportunity to support Norfolk’s young carers during the lockdown with a – socially distanced – walking challenge, taking place in May.

Geoff Hipperson and James Bagge launch the Love West Norfolk Heroes campaign
Geoff Hipperson and James Bagge launch the Love West Norfolk Heroes campaign

Thank you to all the volunteer teams who joined up; so far, we’ve raised almost £25k for Young Carers and a total of £45k for all four charities we’ve been fundraising for. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who has donated.

Like the young carers, there have been so many people, individuals, and teams who have made a difference for others across West Norfolk over the last few months. They are our Love West Norfolk heroes – and now it’s time to recognise them.

The Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Councillor Geoff Hipperson and I announced the Love West Norfolk heroes scheme at the end of June and today I’m pleased to say the scheme opens for your submissions.

Whether it is our key workers who have been delivering their roles in extremely difficult circumstances, or local residents who have been making a difference for their communities, or our young people who have been showing extraordinary resilience – we want to shout about your Love West Norfolk heroes.

You know who they are. They are the angels working modestly and quietly often below the radar. They give and expect nothing in return. They contribute way beyond the call of duty.

They deserve our gratitude and public recognition: West Norfolk is proud of them. And we need your help to salute them.

Every hero who is put forward will receive a special certificate and badge, and their name will be added to a roll of honour which will be displayed in the borough council offices – when they reopen – as well as online on the Love West Norfolk website.

We will also feature every hero on our social media channels.

And, 10 Love West Norfolk heroes will be chosen at random to receive a very special video call from the Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk or myself, which I’m very much looking forward to.

But that’s not all. When it is safe to do so, we want to hold a special ceremony for the Love West Norfolk heroes.

Nominating couldn’t be simpler. Just head to our lovewestnorfolk.co.uk website and fill in the contact form.

The scheme is open for nominations until September 7, so please do get involved and let us recognise and thank your Love West Norfolk heroes.

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