Two of Nottingham’s unsung heroes have seen a tram named in their honour as part of NET’s birthday celebrations.
Described as ‘special and extraordinary’, Tim and Jean Jeffery have fostered 200 children and young people, and they were guests of honour at the tram network’s Wilkinson Street depot today (Friday, March 9).
The kind-hearted couple were named NET Community Star Award winners in a competition organised in partnership with Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS), and they’ve now witnessed the unveiling of their names on the side of a tram.
Stephanie Moss-Pearce, NET Marketing Manager, explained:
"As part of our birthday celebrations, we aim to recognise local people who go out of their way to help others.
“Every year, tram number 222 is set aside to carry their names, and on the 14th anniversary of the opening of the tram network, the previous holders of the honour, Richard and Michelle Daniels, were on hand to join in the celebrations.”
The founders of Forever Stars, Richard and Michelle have also set up a refreshments kiosk at the Toton Lane tram stop that will continue to raise money for the charity, which supports bereaved parents of stillborn babies.
“It was be fantastic to see them handing over the baton to Tim and Jean who have done so much to give so many children and young people a better start in life,” Stephanie said.
“They are worthy winners of the Community Stars Award, and the tram named after them will provide a constant reminder of their work and the selfless dedication shown by so many people in our amazing city.”
Over the next 12 months Tim and Jean will use their time in the spotlight to highlight the work of Rainbow Parents Forum (www.rainbowpcf.org.uk), which promotes and supports the wellbeing of families and carers of disabled children.
Since retiring from fostering, Jean has become a volunteer at the charity and, after the tram naming ceremony, she said: “We feel very privileged to have a tram named after us and we hope it will raise awareness of the fantastic work being done by the Forum whilst encouraging others to think about becoming a foster parents.”