Happy List

Terminally-ill mother's money raising battle

A terminally-ill mother is battling to raise enough money to ensure her five children can stay in their home after she dies. Sue Stephenson, 47, raised her children in a four-bedroom house in the village of Ripponden, Halifax, which has a £65,000 mortgage remaining on it. Her dying wish is that the mortgage is paid off, allowing her children - who are aged between nine and 21 - to remain living there.

Brighton Happy Champion Inspires Community

A quarter of the population will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, with mixed anxiety and depression being the most common. Rehanon Mackenzie developed depression in 2010, never expecting she would be named a happiness champion for Brighton five years later.

Overcoming Blindness, Together

Although he’s been blind for most of his life, nine year-old Robbie Lee from Boston Spa is still able to enjoy cycling with the help of best friend Edward Gaunt.

Happy Listers Receive Award from PM

A year after their son died after suffering from cancer, Sally and Andrew Hall have been recognised for their extraordinary efforts to raise money for cancer charities by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Giving Horses a New Life

For the last twelve years, Carol Jackson has made it her life’s work to care for horses left by their owners because they were injured, unhealthy or just too expensive to keep.

Wales Cyclists support Veterans

The Lon Las Loonies, an amateur cycling group from Prestatyn, recently completed a four day, 350 mile charity bike trek to raise money for a national charity dedicated to helping visually impaired ex-servicemen and women.

Happy List 2015: The people who make life better for others

And now for some good news! Here, for the eighth year, is our annual antidote to those lists that celebrate riches or fame - Emma Ledger introduces 100 people who make Britain a happier place to live, nominated by you and endorsed by David Cameron

The Happy List 2015: Three cheers for those who change lives for the

When reading newspapers or watching the news, it can often feel as if the world is a very sad place, with the headlines delivering a conveyor belt of bad news, tragedy and drama. Yet for every bad news story there are countless good news stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Independent on Sunday's Happy List 2014 (NOT the Rich List): Tom

Tom Dowling was 20 when he was shot by armed robbers in 1974 when travelling back from a Mount Everest base camp, severing his spinal cord. He was left paralysed and wheel-chair bound. That did not stop him, however, from pursuing a career in journalism and he has used this to give the disabled a voice through the newspaper he founded and edits, All Together NOW!