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Day 1
Blogger: Haydy Squibb
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Anyone that knows me well, will know I'm a super patriotic girlie; my bedroom at my parents is filled with Union Jack flags and I'm dead proud of the community I grew up in. So when it was brought to my attention that TSB has partnered up with Trinity Mirror’s Pride of Britain, which is the only awards event in the UK honouring everyday unsung heroes, I was 100% on board. The Pride of Britain Awards showcases the public’s acts of incredible courage, such as a long battle against the odds or inspirational campaigning. The event will be televised at the end of October from the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and will be an awe-inspiring, magical event. I'm on the guest list right guys?!

The award I'm most interested about is the TSB Community Partner Award for Local Pride, which recognises and celebrates ordinary people who make amazing contributions to their local communities - the people that deserve their five minutes. TSB are mega proud to be part of a community where people help people and we all thrive together. And for me, I'm going to be nominating the Upminster Community Facebook Group; they do their best to ensure our lovely little town is kept clean from fly tippers, the gardens are always looking their best, and that residents are aware of any local events and news. I am on there daily to see if anything new is happening that I should be aware of. They do an awful lot for free and should be awarded for making our community a better place!

To celebrate the launch of the nominations, the Summer of Pride Tour will take place. This involves a team of Minis whizzing around the country stopping at TSB branches and various landmarks along the way. From London today, where I caught up with them to take those super cute photos, they then head south to Brighton before visiting Bristol, Cardiff, Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Leeds, Birmingham and Norwich.

It’s a really fun way to get the public nominating someone they believe should be up for an award. 

So, all that's left is for you to decide who to nominate.

 

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Day 2
Blogger: Helen Hamston
mummysginfund.co.uk

One of the wonders of Mummy’s Gin Fund (a community-based website) is how often it provides a space for women to shine. It’s full of stories of incredible women who have been able to turn awful situations into something special. One such woman is Asma Meer.

In November 2015, after the horrific terror attack in Paris, Asma posted in Mummy’s Gin Fund:

“Hey lovely women. I am a Muslim mum and have been saddened by the awful events in Paris but also heartened by the countless people who have said that they will not be divided. I want my children to live in not just a safe world but also a fair and enriching world. My son’s classmates have asked him about Isis and I had to tell him how far removed Islam is from their actions.

I really want to arrange afternoon tea where people can come and ‘meet a Muslim’, or just a tea party to show solidarity against Isis. If anyone is interested, please inbox me. I know our local mosque and synagogue and churches have issued a joint press release but I would like to arrange something for us mums as we are the educators of our children. Peace and love.”

In true Mummy’s Gin Fund style, Asma’s got huge support for her idea. Her offer was flooded with 800 likes and 250 comments in just 48 hours. Offers to host came from three different community centres and churches. And so, Peace of Cake was born.

Fast forward 18 months and Asma and her crew of volunteers continue to inspire and motivate us all. Through her unfaltering commitment to inclusion and solidarity, our children are introduced to every possible race, religion and person. Asma has arranged events, marches and tea parties, all with one underlying message: communication and cohesion will always outshine division and hate. Because of Asma, our community – both on and off-line – has become a friendlier, more understanding and more tolerant place for both adults and children alike. From all sectors of our community, questions have been welcomed and answered honestly, discussion has been encouraged and arms have been open wide.

For all these reasons, and too many more to mention, I will be nominating Asma for a Pride of Britain award. As many of you will know, the Trinity Mirror’s Pride of Britain awards event is the only awards event in the UK to celebrate the work of our unsung heroes. Televised in October, it is guaranteed to bring a tear to even the steeliest of eyes. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to get past the opening credits without welling up.

TSB has its own specific award on the night – the TSB Community Partner Award, which recognises and celebrates ordinary people who make amazing contributions to their local communities. This one should have Asma’s name all over it. In gold sparkly lights. With bells on. And a little person who blows a trumpet every time she walks past.

Not a day goes past when I am not left (almost) speechless at the acts of selfless, generous, community-spirited, warm loveliness that happen in Mummy’s Gin Fund. Asma epitomizes all that is great about sisterhood, community and cohesion.

If you would like to win tickets to the Pride of Britain awards, you will need to get yourself to a participating TSB branch (see dates and times here) and have your photo taken with one of the team of Minis whizzing around the country. I went along to Baker Street with Toddler and Baby Gin today and had a blast. I even got to meet my total girl crush, Fiona Phillips. Share your picture on social media using #PrideofBritain and you might end up on the red carpet alongside heroes and celebs.

 

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Day 3
Blogger: Lyndsay Gardner
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One of the things I love about living in Brighton is the amazing sense of community spirit that infiltrates every part of daily life.  It might feel like a large city, but in reality there is always a variety of projects taking place to bring people together and raise awareness of worthy causes – be it food for the homeless, ethical clothing, LGBTI groups or the vast number of social enterprises – Brighton has got us covered as there is something for everyone going on!

When I found out that the Pride of Britain Awards team were in Brighton to Champion and raise awareness of local projects, I was really excited to get involved. From 27 June to 12 July a team of Minis are whizzing around the country on the Summer of Pride Tour and stopping at TSB branches along the way. It’s a call to arms to get us all voting for someone we believe should be up for a Pride of Britain Award, so I popped along to meet the team and get talking about what makes our local community in Brighton special to me.

I arrived at Brighton Pier and met the TSB team who were just lovely. We had a chat about the #PrideofBritain tour and watched as quite crowd formed when Peter Andre arrived and was there having lots of photos taken with the bright purple pride Mini’s and encouraging people to get nominating for the Pride of Britain Awards. Later in the morning I got to meet him myself to snap a selfie (or two) – he was so lovely, just very down-to-earth. We chatted about babies, sleep routines and life with a newborn, Violet gave him some lovely smiles too – she’s clearly a fan already.

So, the main reason for going down was to talk to the team about who I’d nominate for a Pride of Britain Award in my local community. I’ve chosen a project in our local community that does fantastic things for young adults with learning difficulties – Team Domenica. I visited them when I was heavily pregnant back in February and I blogged all about it at the time. I chose Team Domenica as I felt that this cafe is a perfect example of what embodies the spirit of the  Pride of Britain Awards. Team Domenica is not your ordinary cafe, it is actually a social enterprise and training hub that is absolutely dazzling us all with their good work at the moment. Team Domenica is a training cafe, open to the public, that aims to work with young adults with learning disabilities to help them find and retain employment.  The café is staffed by candidates who are taught catering, front of house, and general work skills, to assist their preparation for work as well as to give them a sense of direction, purpose and belonging, in their local community. The inside of the cafe is also beautiful and the food tasty – a win all round! They are my favourite little cafe to pop in and grab a coffee and a slice of homemade cake. Without the project, many young adults with learning difficulties wouldn’t be able to find work and gain vital experience they need to succeed in later life, so they are doing a wonderful, wonderful job, all round. 

I had a fab day out meeting the #PrideOfBritain team and it really got me thinking about those special people within our communities. Do we do enough for them? How can we give them the recognition they deserve? If you want to nominate someone special, head over to their website to cast your vote now!  Let’s show them how much they mean to us!

 

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Day 4
Blogger: Gemma Mathieson
helloitsgemma.com

What do you love about your local community? Ask me what inspires me locally and I could write a list. I am lucky enough to live in a place thriving with projects, initiatives and events. TSB got in touch and asked me what or who in my community inspired me.

Community is about the fabric of our local lives, the people that quietly plant flowers in unused spaces or develop ideas to get homeless people off the street. For me, it is all those small details that make bigger better, the stitches that embellish the spaces we live in and connects us.

My local inspiration is Little Libraries. Organised and fundraised for by a local mum, Ellie Freeman. Small wooden cabinets in green spaces with free books. The idea is you bring a book and take a book. Little Libraries celebrates pride in local communal green spaces. In a world of digital the libraries draw adults and children outdoors and promote reading.  Books with pages to turn and covers to entice.  It reminds us it is good to give away what we no longer need and that there is a return for that... a ‘new-to-you’ book. Maybe a favourite read passed on, or novel that didn’t grab one reader but might be loved by another, books for young and old. Little Libraries are a global network and anyone can organise one, it just takes a person or a group to make it happen.

Community is the small things. Little Libraries is the time and effort that one person put in, which encourages others to also make gestures and from which anyone can benefit. These are the threads that draw us together and create community. Projects and extras that add to the colourful fabric of local life and for that reason Little Libraries works perfectly as my local inspiration.

The Pride of Britain awards celebrate local heroes, ordinary people doing amazing things. Taking place in London later this year, TSB is partnering with Trinity Mirror Group in supporting the awards and the nominations are open. TSB summer pride purple minis are touring the UK, encouraging anyone and everyone to nominate someone special in their community. I popped to my local TSB to have a selfie with the mini and you can too.

Join in
Win tickets to the Pride of Britain awards. To enter take a selfie in a participating TSB branch and share on social media using #PrideofBritain.

 

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Day 5
Blogger: Geraldine Nichols
Roathcardiff.net

Pride of Britain returns this year with Mini’s touring round UK cities – and today it was Cardiff’s turn for a visit. 

The TSB Community Partner Award is all about nominating people in the local community who do amazing things, and we’re not short of those in Roath.

Every Saturday morning, for example, Keep Roath Tidy – a group of local volunteers supported in its aims, and with materials, by Keep Wales Tidy – wends its way around the streets of Roath clearing up rubbish and litter. Originally set up by Cynefin Cardiff after consultation with residents, the group has grown from strength to strength, but always needs more volunteers to help keep our lovely part of Cardiff spick and span.

Plasnewydd Community Garden, a long-standing group which secured some unused land in the community from the Council, is entirely run by volunteers to grow food, which is then given away. During the year you can also get free plants from the garden. Again, new volunteers are welcome to help sustain this community gem.

More recently, a project to reinvigorate the Mackintosh Community Garden has begun, to create another green resource right in the centre of Roath. They recently hosted a #GreatGetTogether event in honour of Jo Cox MP, to bring different parts of the community together.

Our annual arts festival, Made in Roath, which has grown over the years from a small weekend community event to a ten-day local arts extravaganza, is also run by a volunteer committee, and depends on the help of an army of volunteers to ensure everything runs smoothly, and is something we are extraordinarily lucky to have in our area.

And of course, there are the spectacularly successful charity fundraising events organised by Wayne Courtney and his team of volunteers that they’ve held in our community over the last few years: Roath Rocks, The Roath Bake Off, and Rock 4 Life. These have inspired and involved so many of us in social events where many thousands of pounds have been raised for medical equipment.

We know there must be other wonderful groups and individuals, but who are they? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @RoathCardiff using #PrideofBritain.

Pride of Britain nominations are open now!

 

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Day 6
Blogger: Jenni Grainger
Chillingwithlucas.com

TSB partners with Trinity Mirror’s Pride of Britain to celebrate everyday unsung heroes. In October, the televised event will showcase jaw-dropping acts of incredible courage.

TSB has its own award (the TSB Community Partner Award) which recognises and celebrates ordinary people who make amazing contributions to their local communities by helping other people.
To celebrate the launch of the Pride of Britain nominations, the Summer of Pride Tour is happening now. This involves a team of Minis whizzing around the country stopping at TSB branches and various landmarks along the way. It’s a call to get the public nominating someone they believe should receive an award. TSB have asked me to think about who deserves the TSB Community Partner Award in my local area. 

Straight away I thought of Pauline’s Angels. I have written about their Christmas dinner campaign and about Lancashire Tots before. They started off with a mission to ensure no one in the Chorley area spends Christmas alone. They raised money throughout 2015 to hold a Christmas meal with entertainment on Christmas Day at Chorley Cricket Club. They also offered transport to and from the event. The party was for anyone that would be spending Christmas Day alone.

Since the first Christmas dinner they have gone on to help the women’s refuge, local animal charities and Help The Homeless. They also help the Shaun Haggart Foundation based in Blackburn who do similar to what they have been doing within Chorley. They are going to be organising a fundraiser in October/November time ready for this Christmas. 

They have been lucky this year as a lady they supported in a women’s refuge last Christmas was doing a degree at Runshaw College and they had to raise money for a local charity and they chose Pauline’s Angels. As a result, they haven’t needed to fundraise as much this year. 

They did do an Easter egg collection this year and managed to collect approximately 150 Easter eggs for children who might not have gotten any due to being in refuges or families on low incomes.

Yesterday, I went to Blackpool to check out the Mini’s with Lucas and my cousin. It was gorgeous weather so after Lucas had investigated the cars we enjoyed lunch along the promenade and a play on the beach.

Share your selfie with the Minis at #PrideofBritain and you could win a pair of tickets to Pride of Britain.

 

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Day 7 and 8
Blogger: Mark Bryce
sonnyandluca.co.uk

I didn't write about the horrific attack on the Manchester Arena at the time. I tried, on numerous occasions, but everything I put down on paper seemed desperately inadequate, blurred further by a myriad of emotions that fluctuated between anger, despair, defiance and sorrow.

This was my city. My streets. My community. It felt personal.

But over the following days and weeks, one emotion proved stronger than all before it. Pride.

Pride in the people and our amazing emergency services. Pride in seeing the unbridled joy on the faces of all those children at the One Love concert. In my boys entire school singing and dancing in the park the day after the attack and the dozens of people queuing up along our high street to get their bee tattoos in honour of the victims.

THIS was my city. My streets. My community. This made me feel proud like never before.

But as we go about our daily lives it's easy to take this community spirit for granted. Too often we forget that communities don't just exist, they're built. That the very fabric of any good society is held together by those who work tirelessly and selflessly to make it so.

I'm blessed to live in Urmston, a town where a sense of community lies at its very heart. So when I was asked to write a post celebrating our local unsung heroes as part of the Pride of Britain awards I was genuinely spoilt for choice.

There's the fabulous Women's Institute who yarn bomb our town centre and the many Friends of the Park groups that protect our green spaces. All those who give up their time to run our many playgroups and the amazing volunteers at the Toy House offering toy loans and support.

But as someone who relied heavily on our community during my time as a stay-home dad, there's one person in particular who embodies all that's great about our town. Someone whose positivity and enthusiasm inspires young and old alike. Someone by the name of Sue Wilkinson, founder of our wonderful Cheeky Cherubs Community Centre.

Opened in 2014, Cheeky Cherubs is a not-for-profit enterprise that serves children of all ages in our community, and their parents.

When local government cuts saw the doors close on many of our Surestart centres and youth clubs, Sue saw it as a call to arms. Pre-school activities are run in the mornings and youth clubs that cater for all abilities/disabilities run in the evenings. There's a cafe, soft-play structure, sensory room and early learning area. They provide affordable wrap around care and holiday clubs. Employ local people, offer apprenticeships, and there's even pop up shops for local small businesses to try out some retail space in the town centre.

It's a community centre in every sense of the word. A wonderful testament to the hard work and dedication of Sue and her team of staff/volunteers. Something the whole of Urmston can be rightly proud of.

And it's why I'll be nominating Sue and Cheeky Cherubs for a TSB Community Partner Award, and just between you and me, I think you should too.

For your chance to win tickets to the Pride of Britain Awards, head over to the TSB Local Pride website to see where the convoy of Mini Cooper's are heading next and to enter your own selfie. Ok, so technically mine isn't a selfie but what can you do? Apart from learn how to take a selfie maybe. Still, it was great chatting about all things community with the staff of TSB.

And if there's someone in your community who you think deserves to be nominated for a TSB Community Partner Award, visit prideofbritain.com/nominate.

What are you waiting for? Get nominating!

 

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Day 9
Blogger: Lorraine Warren
theuncheshirewife.com

Working in the community and being part of the Women’s Institute I often meet or hear of different groups and people in my local community who are trying to make a difference where we live. Groups to individuals who go out of their way to support others, like the ladies who set up The Lunch Bunch. A social group for carers of dementia sufferers where they can go with their loved ones and socialise together, providing support and respite for each other in an understanding environment.

It was set up from nothing with no funding, just an idea and dedication, yet it’s transforming the lives of others.

There are people who go beyond the call of duty everyday and if you’ve ever wanted to highlight them and their efforts then this is the time to do it! From 27 June to 12 July the brightly coloured Summer of Pride Mini’s are whizzing around the country stopping at TSB branches and calling on the public to nominate the people they believe should be up for a Pride of Britain award. In particular the TSB Community Partner Award which recognises and celebrates all those local unsung heroes who make amazing contributions to their local community.

I’ve nominated a community group in Runcorn called Old Town Bloomers, who have transformed a scrap of land between the High Street and the Canal and turned it into a community garden and outdoor library.

It was set up by Hazlehurst Artists who have used their creativity to enhance the local environment for all by recycling old everyday items into garden planters and sculptures.

The Old Town Bloomers invite and encourage people to meet up weekly and join in tending to the garden, helping create new features whilst socialising with each other over a cup of tea. People of all ages are welcome and it has become a talking point in the town.

They provide a place to sit quietly or have fun with the children. Young and old meet and work together. Their motto: Using art, gardening and creativity to make a difference… and they certainly are!

If you’d like to make a nomination about someone making a difference in your community you can do it here at #PrideOfBritain

Good luck to all entrants, you’re all fabulous.

 

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Day 10
Blogger: Judith Duncan
theweeblondie.com

When TSB got in touch with me and asked me to get involved with their TSB Local Pride campaign I could not wait to tell you all about a local community-led charity inspiring others.

TSB is proud to be part of a community where people help people and we all thrive together. That’s why TSB partner with Pride of Britain, the only awards event in the UK honouring everyday unsung heroes - because they celebrate and enable people doing just that.

An amazing local charity that inspires me and others that do amazing things in the Glasgow community is Refuweegee.

Refuweegee is a community-led charity set up to ensure that all refugees arriving in Glasgow are welcomed to the city in true Glaswegian style. Refuweegee want to make sure that when people arrive in Scotland they receive the welcome they deserve and few useful tips too! They also provide everyone who wishes the opportunity to get involved and make a difference.

Every Refuweegee who arrives in our wonderful city is provided with a community built welcome pack. Each pack contains three categories of items; essentials, Glasgow welcome and ‘letters from the locals’ and as a result of the final category, each pack will be completely individual. What more could you want when coming to a brand new city?

Refuweegee instils that community spirit right from the very beginning of that person's journey in Scotland. Communities are so important in our lives to help us thrive and be happy. Who inspires you in your community? Nominate someone here: prideofbritain.com/nominate

 

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Day 11
Blogger: Jennie Stamp
jenniestamp.com

On Friday I joined the TSB and Pride of Britain teams on George Street in Edinburgh to take a wee selfie with a Mini to support their Pride of Britain campaign. Their fleet has been touring the country, from London to Edinburgh, to raise awareness of the Pride of Britain nominations and all the fantastic people, charities and causes we have in Britain.

I’ve always loved the Pride of Britain Awards so when I was asked to get involved, I couldn’t wait.

Who or what inspires people in my local area?

When I was asked this question by the TSB team there were a few people and charities that sprang to mind, but I decided on the fantastic Edinburgh charity, Vintage Vibes.

“Vintage Vibes is a fresh new service tackling isolation and loneliness among over-60s in Edinburgh. We’re reaching out across the city, offering companionship, reliable support and the chance to be more socially connected.”

It’s a sad fact that Edinburgh’s over 60s are the loneliest in the UK. This breaks my heart but I know the team behind Vintage Vibes are doing everything they can to change this. I hate to think of anyone sitting at home alone because they don’t have anyone to reach out to, and this is why I love the concept of this charity.

The Vintage Vibes volunteers range in age themselves and happily offer up their spare time to visit someone who otherwise might not have human interaction for days if not weeks.

Sometimes all it takes is a cup of tea and a chat to help with those feelings of isolation and loneliness. How easy would it be to take an hour out of your weekend and pop over to someone’s house for a chat? These days we all lead busy lives and are rushed off our feet. But often one of the most important or impactful things we can do with our time is to stop for a bit and chat to other humans.

If you’re over 60, living in Edinburgh and would like some company, then Vintage Vibes is here to help. This is why I would like to nominate Vintage Vibes for the TSB Community Partner Award for local pride. If you’d like to find out more about this charity, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or pop over to their website vintagevibes.org.uk.

Who inspires you in your community? Nominate someone for the TSB Community Partner Award, here!

Don’t forget to follow the #TSBLocalPride story on social media: Twitter: @TSB are proud supporters of @PrideOfBritain Instagram: @tsbbank #TSBLocalPride #SummerOfPride #PrideofBritain

 

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Day 12
Blogger: Laura Ferry
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Who inspires you in your local area? Know someone who does great things in your community?

Now is the time to nominate them for the TSB Community Partner Award in the Pride of Britain awards!

This year, TSB bank have partnered with Trinity Mirror's Pride of Britain, which holds an annual awards ceremony to honour everyday unsung heroes. It is the only event of its kind here in the UK and you may well have seen the star studded event televised on ITV. I've watched it many a time and have always been in awe of the incredible acts of courage, bravery and determination shown.

Seeing everyday people battle against the odds for the good of others is truly inspiring and always makes me reflect on my own life and what I could do more to help others.

On the night of the awards ceremony, TSB will have their own specific award, the TSB Community Partner Award, which will recognise and celebrate ordinary people who are making amazing contributions to their local communities.

If you've heard about TSB Local Pride then you'll know that they're all about people helping people and all thriving together as a result. Their community spirit is the driving force behind them partnering with Pride of Britain and Pride of Sport because thats what they're all about too.

Nominations for all of the awards are now open and to celebrate the launch, Pride of Britain are going on tour!

The Summer of Pride Tour sees a team of Minis whizzing around the country, stopping at TSB branches and well known landmarks along the way. Today, they were in Newcastle, first at the Angel of the North and secondly at the TSB branch on Northumberland Street. I grabbed the chance to get a selfie in one of the Minis before submitting my nomination for the TSB Community Partner Award.

My nomination is for retired scientist, Minty Nichol, and community choir leader, Ashleigh Lowes who set up the Tuneless Choir in Newcastle last September. They're all about bringing people together within the community who love to sing but perhaps feel as though they can't or aren't good enough for a traditional choir.

We all know the line, 'sing like no ones listening,' well thats exactly what they encourage everyone to do. I signed up when it very first launched and I cannot begin to describe how great it felt to be able to do something simply for the sheer enjoyment of it. There always seems to be such a pressure to get everything right in life but the Tuneless Choir is all about inspiring confidence to experience the joy of singing without judgement. Ashleigh does a sterling job at encouraging this every fortnight and its great to see how quickly people relax after turning up to their first session a little nervous.

On my first session, I felt shy and embarrassed but immediately felt at ease. The majority of my life seems to be very stressful in recent years but with the choir, I was able to completely switch off, be present in the moment and enjoy doing something I love with others who share the same love of singing.

The group as a whole is totally a mixed bag as everyone is so different which is why they make such a great community, joined together by a love of singing.

You can follow the Newcastle Tuneless Choir on Twitter and Facebook and check out the main website here. I'd love to see you at the next session and I know that Ashleigh and Minty would too!

Throughout the Summer of Pride, there will be competitions running in TSB branches that anyone can enter. Simply head into the branch and take a selfie of your own and you could win tickets to the Pride of Britain. Wow, what an incredible honour that would be!

Do you know someone who you think should win the TSB Community Partner Award? Then submit your nomination here!

Don't forget to check out the TSB Local Pride site too to see how they're celebrating ordinary people, working together to make good things happen!

 

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Day 14
Blogger: Helen Clark 
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The Pride of Britain Awards will be on our TVs on the 31st October. If you don’t already know Pride of Britain is an awards event that honours Britains unsung, every day heroes. The Summer of Pride tour is currently travelling around Britain stopping off at TSB branches. Here they are talking to the public to find out who they think deserves nominating for the Pride of Britain Awards. Today Summer of Pride’s stop is in Leeds and I’m going along to see what is going on. They have also set me the challenge of making my own nomination.  

In the Leeds branch today customers (or any passersby) can have their photo taken with the Pride of Britain trophy. There are raffles raising money for charity. And of course you can give in your nominations. 

Anyone who uploads a selfie to social media with the Pride of Britain trophy or minis can win tickets to the Pride of Britain award show in October. So if you head along to the TSB branches Summer of Pride tour make sure you upload one with the hashtag #PrideofBritain. 

It is super exciting to see the iconic purple Pride of Britain minis over by Leeds Town Hall too. 

I am going to give my nomination to Armley Junk-tion Cafe. It was the first cafe to intercept food heading for the bin and make it into healthy meals operating on a pay as you feel basis. Customers can eat a warm and healthy meal and pay what they feel it is worth or whatever they can afford. People can also donate their time and skills in exchange for food too. The cafe also has a food boutique where customers can purchase the food that has been intercepted too. The Armley Junk-tion cafe offers outside catering and a bistro serving meals on a Saturday night. And it now forms part of the Real Junk Food Project. 

Since opening in 2013 there are now 30 cafes in Leeds, 80 in the UK and 120 worldwide. 

I absolutely love that Armley Junk-tion cafe is feeding the community healthy food for whatever price they can afford or in exchange for time or work. I also really love their green ethos saving edible food from the land fill. 

Any company championing a reduction of the problems we have with landfill, championing change to our throw-away culture, and feeding the people in our communities who need it most, definitely deserve some recognition. 

Who would you nominate for the Pride of Britain Award? Make your nominations for Pride of Britain here.

 

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Day 15
Blogger: Birmingham blog
strangenessandcharm.co.uk
  

If you weren’t already aware, TSB have teamed up with Trinity Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards which is an annual event held in London to honour those Briton’s who have done us proud. The awards show will be screened on ITV in October and is the biggest awards show of its kind on British TV. Since the first Pride of Britain in 1999, royalty, Prime Ministers, and hundreds of leading figures from show business, sport, politics and the arts have all taken part and the winners all come from tens of thousands of nominations made by the British public. 

This morning, three Pride of Britain Minis pulled up outside the TSB branch on Birmingham’s New Street to help to spread the word about the nominations. Did you know that there are eight different categories? 

TSB Community Partner Award 
For an individual or group of people who have worked together in partnership as a force for good in their local community, improving the lives of people around them. This could be anything from helping young people to thrive to bringing communities together to create something special. The winner or winners will have galvanised the support of the people around them to make a difference. 

ITV Fundraiser of the Year 
For tireless and inspirational charity fundraising, aged 16 and over. 

Good Morning Britain Young Fundraiser of the Year 
To reward a young person aged 15 and under for inspirational charity work. 

This Morning Emergency Services Award 
For police, fire, ambulance, paramedics or air, sea or mountain rescue who have gone beyond the call of duty. 

Outstanding Bravery 
For adults who risk their own safety to help others in danger. 

Child/Teenager of Courage 
For battling against the odds to help others, or putting themselves at risk to save someone in danger. 

Lifetime Achievement 
To recognise far-reaching achievement, possibly on a national or international scale. 

Special Recognition 
For achievements not covered in other categories, such as inspiring carers, campaigners and members of armed forces. 

The TSB Community Partner award is all about Local Pride and recognises those special people who have contributed towards their local community and have made a difference. I’ve had a think about who I would nominate and it would have to be the ladies behind the Kings Heath Cat Club facebook page, this group of women work amazingly hard to look after the cats in the local community and have managed to save, neuter and re-home hundreds of cats. 

There was a great turn out in Birmingham today, with one of TSB’s own mortgage advisors putting on a bit of a show with his bhangra drums and strong man Dave showing off and lifting up one of the Minis (I think he’s definitely been having his protein shakes!) and entertaining the crowd with his roars – he was a bit scary if I’m honest! 

There’s a competition running to win tickets to the awards, all you have to do is share a selfie of yourself in one of the participating branches and share it on social media using #PrideofBritain. Good luck and don’t forget to nominate! 

 

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Day 16
Blogger: Christie Ogorman 
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Nominations for the Pride of Britain Awards are now open which if you didn’t already know is the only awards event in the UK that honours our everyday unsung heroes. People who have shown amazing courage or have been inspiring are showcased in a televised event at the end of October. Some of the stories and people featured on the show are remarkable and I think it is great that they get this coverage.  TSB are proud to be part of a community where people help people and they all thrive together. And that’s why they partner with Pride of Britain and Pride of Sport, because they celebrate and enable people doing that too.

TSB have been whizzing around the country on the Summer of Pride Tour, stopping at TSB branches along the way and encouraging the public to nominate someone that they believe should be up for a Pride of Britain award. I popped down to my local branch today to get a selfie with one of the Minis they have taken on tour. I felt a real sense of community and think it is fantastic that they are out promoting the Pride of Britain on this tour.

I love the community spirit in my area, specifically in Norwich and the close surrounding areas. One of the volunteer groups that I am really proud of is the Special Constables we have here locally. They take part in recruitment events, and generally help out in the area supporting the regular police force. Just think for every Special that comes out and does a shift or polices a local event or Norwich City Football game that then frees up one regular officer to protect the community and go to more serious jobs that they are better trained for. Working together means that members of the public are kept safe and in the light of recent events, this is valuable support and does make me feel safe. Special Constables take part in local fetes and attend local schools to engage with children and really put themselves out there.

At the company I work for, they also allow us to have 3 volunteer days a year which is fantastic. As a team we have helped out at Hillside Animal Sanctuary by cleaning out the animals, walking dogs and painting fences for them. We have also helped out at PACT Animal Sanctuary and completed similar tasks. Most recently we helped out at a local Scout Hut in Norwich, where we helped them to remove some fallen trees, cut back thick bramble and painted some of their communal areas. I love helping out in the community. It feels great to help people out and a little work really does go a long way and means a lot to people.

Is there anyone you would like to nominate for Pride of Britain? Have your say here.