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What a lot of Heroes there are here in West Norfolk

Love West Norfolk column, written by James Bagge, former High Sheriff of Norfolk

This week saw our Love West Norfolk Heroes scheme close for nominations – and what an incredible response we have had.

The Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Geoff Hipperson and I launched the scheme at the start of the summer to allow us to recognise those who have been making a difference in West Norfolk.

The Chalk Bomb Charity. Picture: Ian Burt
The Chalk Bomb Charity. Picture: Ian Burt

And, from the incredible nominations we have received, it is really clear just how many individuals, teams, and organisations have gone out of their way to help others during the last few difficult months.

Whether in the course of their work, or by volunteering within their community, whether looking out for neighbours, or providing essential services, people in West Norfolk have stepped up admirably to support others.

‘A real community hero who enjoys helping others’, ‘gone above and beyond’, and ‘been amazing in a time of need,’ are just some of the descriptions that have been used to highlight the efforts of people across West Norfolk.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to submit a nomination, and we look forward to announcing our Love West Norfolk heroes across our social media channels in due course.

As well as reflecting and recognising the difference that our Love West Norfolk heroes have made, it is important that we also start to look ahead.

No doubt there are still continuing and immense challenges for many people caused by the impact of the pandemic.

And collectively, as a community, we should look for ways to address these difficulties and support others, particularly those who are vulnerable or in need.

A great example of showing care and support for others was seen in the efforts of the Chalk Bomb charity who came to King’s Lynn in August to raise money for Mind through their particularly impressive artwork.

If you found yourself near the town hall in early August, you might have seen the chalk artwork trail which included our own Love West Norfolk logo, all to raise funds – and a smile.

There is opportunity for all of us to find ways to continue to look out for each other and support those who need it most.

Because for me, loving West Norfolk is not just about celebrating the positives of being here it is also about doing what is right as a community, to meet the challenges that many of us face, and to build a positive future.

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