THERE are lots of reasons for making someone a local hero and for this nominee, pride in her community is foremost in her heart.
Jackie Clark-Basten, 40, has lived her entire life in the village of Sipson, and has dedicated herself to improving the community which she calls home.
The hairdresser, who runs Hair by Jackie, has been involved in the fight against a proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport for a number of years.
She has also been responsible for organising numerous activities in the village to reinforce a sense of community spirit, which was vital at a time when people were leaving the village with the threat of the runway looming large.
Mrs Clark-Basten told the Gazette: “I have lived in Sipson all my life and I just want what is best for the people here.
“At a time when BAA were buying up homes and land and people were leaving, it seems like the village could disappear.
“All I have ever wanted to do is give something back to the community and give people a sense of pride in where they live.”
Mrs Clark-Basten also sits on the committee of Harmondsworth and Sipson Residents’ Association, is chairman of the local Safer Neighbourhoods Ward Panel and has recently joined the board of governors at Heathrow Primary School.
She added: “I am very surprised, but also honoured, to have been nominated as a community champion.”
She was nominated by Hayes and Harlington’s Labour MP John McDonnell, who said of her: “She works selflessly and quietly on behalf of local residents and the local community, never asking for any thanks and is an unsung hero who richly deserves recognition.”