Oliver Duff

i Editor's Letter: “I arrived here crying, I leave here singing”... Must be time to compile this year's Happy List

 

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It is an assignment to moisten the eyes of even the most weather-beaten hacks: compiling the annual “Happy List” for our sister title, The Independent on Sunday. The Happy List is an antidote to all those rich lists and celebrity compendiums – 100 inspiring people who,  without thought for personal gain  or recognition, help to make Britain  a better place. Anyone, really, whose motive is human happiness.

The list is exclusively for the unsung – and that’s where readers come in. The Editor of The Independent on Sunday, Lisa Markwell, would like to invite i readers to nominate anyone they think may fit the criteria. It is as simple as emailing a name, location and the reason you’re nominating them to happy@independent.co.uk. We do the rest. The Happy List will be published on Sunday 25 May.

Last year’s edition included a couple who have fostered 100 children at their Swansea home over three decades, a man who has cooked breakfast for the homeless for 10 years, heritage lovers, a pensioner who has volunteered for the Royal British Legion since 1947, a police officer, a dentist, a mountain  rescuer, a comedian, a nun, a soldier  and big-hearted pub landlords. (You can find the 2013 Happy List online here)

Mother-of-two Daphine Aikens was nominated for founding a foodbank to help hungry locals. She recalled how an elderly lady who  was unable to work arrived sobbing  one day, distressed at having to “beg for food”. The woman was comforted, reassured that it wasn’t begging, and departed shouting, “I arrived here crying, I leave here singing” - prompting volunteers to well up. Hooray for all those who put a spring in others’ steps.

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