This is the last week for entries into the Gazette’s local heroes competition, to find those ordinary people who deserve to be recognised for putting themselves out for others.
If you know someone who has made a contribution to their community in any way, which could include caring for an elderly parent, gardening for a sick neighbour, or running a youth group, nominate them now.
The closing date for nominations in the competition run by the Gazette and Uxbridge College is Wednesday next week.
This week a valiant team of protesters has been recognised by a whole village for putting their hearts and souls into trying to save their beloved hospital.
The Heart of Harefield Campaign, led by Jean Brett, has been nominated by Harefield Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (HTRA) in the community group category.
HTRA chairwoman, Pauline Crawley, of Sanctuary Close, Harefield, said: “The number of hours spent researching the issues and attending meetings on behalf of Harefield Hospital is incredible and we want these people recognised for this work. The whole village feels the same.
“Jean Brett, who leads Heart of Harefield, is a very strong person who doesn’t let anyone get away with any nonsense.
“She and the team have kept the momentum going, and kept hope alive.
“Without them we would probably not still be going now.”
Over the last four years, the campaigners have marched on the Houses of Parliament in Westminster and had representatives at every meeting where the hospital has been discussed.
They have protested loud and clear that the idea of a new £1bn hospital at Paddington is not viable and Harefield Hospital, which is in a perfect rural setting for heart patients, should be expanded instead.
Mrs Brett, of Rickmansworth said she was thrilled and surprised to hear The Heart of Harefield team had been nominated.
She said: “Harefield is one of the greatest hospitals in the world and we couldn’t let it down.
“People in Harefield rely on the hospital as its last big employer.
“The hospital and village are intertwined and you can’t separate the two.
“There was no choice when I was asked to lead the campaign.”