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Joanna Page star of ‘Gavin and Stacey’ to front Census 2021 community heroes campaign

Joanna Page portrait. Credit: Joseph Sinclair

To mark Census 2021 in England and Wales, a competition has launched to find the nation’s unsung community heroes. 22 people, one for each census that has taken place to date, will have their community spirit and efforts commemorated with a unique purple plaque.

The iconic purple plaques, in the brand colour of Census 2021, can be placed in or on the winner’s home, place of work or a community building depending on their preference and permissions.

From a schoolteacher who has transformed lives, to a doctor who has saved them; communities up and down the country are bursting with ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things.

People are being asked to nominate their community’s heroes by visiting www.census.gov.uk/census-2021-heroes

Leave a message and post a photo of your loved one, in return for a donation.   Everyone who makes a dedication will receive a Light up a Life card to write their own dedication at home, along with a candle to light in memory of their loved one.

“By donating to Martin House, you are helping us to care for babies, children and young people from across West, North and East Yorkshire, who need our support now more than ever.”   

Martin House costs nearly £9 million a year to run, with the majority of its income reliant on fundraising and voluntary donations. It has been hit hard by the pandemic, and estimates it will lose £2.2 million in fundraising income in this financial year.

To make a dedication and donate to the hospice, visit www.martinhouse.org.uk