TV presenter Gabby Logan has launched a search for Britain’s best individual and group volunteers.
The Britain Has Spirit campaign is calling on people in Sunderland and South Tyneside to nominate their local shining stars, who give up time to help others.
Recent research of 2,000 Brits reveals that people’s sense of community is declining, with nearly half of those surveyed admitting they never volunteer in their local area and two thirds saying they were unsure whether Britain still has a sense of pride. One in five Britons say community spirit has worsened in the last five years.
Together Mutual Insurance saw these results as a wake-up call to reinvigorate Britain’s community spirit and launched Britain Has Spirit.
Gabby said: “We all know how well Brits celebrate individual and team endeavours, as so often demonstrated in sport. Britain Has Spirit has launched to try and re-evoke a sense of community pride and honour those who are tirelessly giving their time and effort to make communities and neighbourhoods better, all year round.”
Nominations can be made in two categories; ‘Community Initiative of the Year’ and ‘Community Hero of the Year’.
A judging panel will determine regional shortlists which will then be opened up to a public vote. All 12 regional individual champions will each enjoy a fun experience day prize and the groups £1,000 towards a street party.
Votes will again be cast by the public this time for the national winners. The national winners receiving £25,000 towards a local initiative or charity of their choice.
For more information and to nominate, visit www.britainhasspirit.com.