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 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
- 5 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Asteroid narrowly scrapes past Earth: how to watch the closest space rock for decades as it flies by
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Prince Philip set to be knighted by Australia: Celebrate by reading his greatest gaffes
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
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