Send your nominations now for the Independent on Sunday Happy List 2014
Wanted – the people who make Britain a better place
Oliver Poole is an award-winning Foreign Correspondent for the Evening Standard and Independent titles. In his career he has reported from war zones including Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq, where he was based during the worst years of the civil war. He has written two books, "Red Zone: Five Bloody Years in Baghdad' and 'Black Knights: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad'. He was previously a Foreign Reporter for The Daily Telegraph, and has written for the BBC, Guardian, Times and South China Morning Post.
Friday 18 April 2014
The Independent on Sunday has been celebrating ‘happy’ for ages, long before Pharrell Williams created ‘that’ song.
The Happy List is now in its seventh year: it's our annual celebration of the 100 people who enrich our lives (a riposte to other newspapers' slavish championing of those who are just rich). Charity workers, fundraisers, mentors, entertainers and those who perform small and large acts of kindness form our collection – and what makes it so special is that they are nominated by members of the public.
What we are looking for is anyone whose motive is increasing our happiness, rather than feathering their own nest. Those on previous lists include inventors, inspirational teachers, women who have fostered hundreds of children, hedge fund managers who gave it all up to work on deprived estates, hyperactive fund-raisers, and inspirational teachers. Last year included a teenager who sold his football memorabilia to help an ill friend, a nun who provided shelter for sex workers, and cousins who saved a man's hand by preserving it in a bag of frozen Brussels sprouts. Who should be on it this year?
These volunteers, by their nature, are not generally attention-seekers, so we need your help to publicise the search for those who deserve to be celebrated in your area. All we need are a few details, and the reason you’re nominating them. We’ll do the rest. Please send your suggestions – a few details about the person and your reason for nominating them – by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to: Lisa Markwell, Editor, The Independent on Sunday, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF.
The results will be published in The Independent on Sunday’s Happy List 2014 in mid-May.
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 4 Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting
- 5 Man hospitalised with pneumonia after downing eggnog at office Christmas party
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
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