A Nottingham couple described as ‘special and extraordinary’ after fostering 200 children and young people are to have a tram named in their honour.
During an event last night (Monday, November 6), at The Albert Hall, Nottingham, Tim and Jean Jeffery were presented with the NET Community Star Award 2017.
Hosted by Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS), the event celebrated volunteering and the many individuals who contribute to local communities.
The celebration was made possible through a grant from the Big Lottery Fund Celebrate programme and since November last year, NCVS and NET have been seeking nominations from the general public to recognise individuals who might receive the ultimate 'Community Star' accolade – a tram named in their honour.
Stephanie Moss-Pearce, Marketing Manager at NET explained: "Our city is full of amazing people who give up their free time to help others. The Community Stars project has given us a way of celebrating their efforts and tram number 222 is set aside to honour them.
“By working alongside NCVS, we’ve been able to unearth new unsung heroes who deserve to have a tram named after them."
Chris Williams, who oversees social responsibility for Keolis, operators of the city’s tram network, added: “We’re delighted to support NCVS as it helps recognise all of the fantastic voluntary work that’s done across the local area."
First established in 1875, NCVS aims to improve the quality of people’s lives in Nottingham by strengthening the voluntary sector which supports our diverse communities.
Louise Craig, NCVS Chief Executive commented: "We’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Volunteer Centre so we're especially pleased to have partnered with NET throughout 2017, and appreciate their engagement with our work. The tram naming opportunity gives increased recognition to all Nottingham citizens who give up their time in service to others."
Tim and Jean Jeffery were presented with the award by Stephanie and Chris (pictured) and will attend the naming ceremony of Tram number 222 in March 2018. The tram is renamed each year as part of NET’s birthday celebrations and currently carries the name of Michelle and Richard Daniels, founders of the Forever Stars charity.
During the awards event a number of other Community Star 'Best in Nottingham' winners received recognition, including:
- Volunteering with Children Award – Kamlesh Passi
- Volunteering with Young People Award – Justin Donne
- Volunteering with Older People Award – Mavis Hoggard
- Community Individual Award – Wendy Walton
- Community Team Award – The Nottingham (Beeston) Team
- Long-Standing Volunteer Award (three winners in this category); Freda Ingall, Maxine Robinson, Terry Cullen