From left to right: Stephen Cross – NET Customer Service Assistant, Jules Sebelin – NCVS Business Development Officer, Nicki Hastie – NCVS Policy and Campaigns Officer, Dave Robinson – Acting Chief Executive.
Tram Shines Spotlight On Unsung Heroes
27 March 2017
An unsung hero in Nottingham will have a tram named after them as part of a new initiative backed by the city’s tram network.

NET’s Community Stars 2017 will celebrate the voluntary and unpaid contribution many people make across the city by giving the general public the opportunity to nominate individuals that they feel have made a difference.

Organised by the Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS), the project will see four nominees shortlisted for a monthly award selected by an independent panel of judges. An overall winner will then be selected at the end of the year and a tram will be named in their honour in 2018.

Stephanie Moss-Pearce, Assistant Marketing Manager at NET explained: “Our city is full of amazing people that give up their free time to help others in their local communities and the Community Stars project gives us a way of celebrating that.

“Tram number 222 is set aside to honour community heroes and we were very proud to recently name it after Richard and Michelle Daniels, the founders of the Forever Stars charity.

“By working alongside NCVS, we’re sure that this project will help us unearth an unsung hero or heroes that will be as equally deserving of having a tram named after them next year.”

Chris Williams, NET’s Commercial Manager, oversees social responsibility for Nottingham’s tram network and added: “We’re delighted to be supporting NCVS as they help recognise all of the fantastic voluntary work that is done across the local area, whether it be through organised projects or special acts of kindness.

“We’d like to encourage as many people as possible, not just our customers, to nominate someone that they think deserves a moment in the spotlight.”

First established in 1875, NCVS aims to improve the quality of people’s lives in Nottingham through strengthening the voluntary sector and supporting a number of local projects.

Next year marks an important date for NCVS’s base in Nottingham’s city centre and Jules Sebelin, the organisation’s Business Development Manager, explained: “We can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Volunteer Centre than by having a tram named after a Nottingham citizen who gives up their time in service to others.

“We are equally happy to have NET on board as our major corporate sponsor; they really understand what we are trying to achieve with this initiative.”

For more information about the Community Stars project and to make a nomination, please visit: www.nottinghamcvs.co.uk/aboutcs.html