Market draws in heroes

Proud mum Kathleen Dawson, left, with artist Sarah Brown, and her Boston Hero nominee, her daughter Theresa Brian, right.
Proud mum Kathleen Dawson, left, with artist Sarah Brown, and her Boston Hero nominee, her daughter Theresa Brian, right.

More than 50 people and places have been nominated as heroes of Boston after those involved with a new project met 100 people in Market Place on Wednesday.

Artist Sarah Brown joined members of art-group Transported and Boston Borough Council staff on a stall as part of the #BostonHero project.

The initiative aims to get people to put forward their community heroes and locations to be painted in 12 artworks on the side of six of the borough’s fleet of bin lories.

Sarah, who heard about a number of people and places, has been commissioned by Transported to design the artwork and wants to hear from local people.

She said: “It was encouraging that so many took the opportunity to celebrate the work of individuals.

“We spoke to about 100 people and received 25 nominations and 25 locations.

“The idea for the project is to look at local people and groups who make a difference to the community. They could be the local 
postie, shopkeeper, playgroup leader, hospital volunteer, village hall caretaker, litter picker or sports coach, who have been there for many years and are favourites among people - those who quietly go about supporting their communities, often as 
unpaid volunteers,” added Sarah.

Proud mum Kathleen Dawson nominated her daughter, Theresa Brian, of Old Leake, who works at Pilgrim Hospital.

Theresa works as a health care support worker in the ‘bums and tums’ department, caring for people with ailments of the bowel and stomach.

Mrs Dawson said: “It’s more than just a job to her.

“She makes life better for people who are really ill. I’m proud of her.”

Former Boston Borough Councillor, Yvonne Gunter, nominated someone who she said worked to promote the town to tourists and helped improve the look of Boston for those who live, work and visit here.

She also recommended that Sarah visited Sutterton play area, church and the ‘round house’.

To nominate a hero to Sarah, share a photograph of an unsung hero with a brief description of their role, along with your own name and the hashtag #BostonHero on Twitter or Facebook.

People can also fill in a nomination form by visiting www.transportedart.com/bostonhero or by picking one up from the Boston Borough Council offices, the library or the Community Volunary Service, and send it in to Transported, Holbeach St Marks Community Association Building, Sluice Road, Holbeach St Marks, Lincolnshire PE12 8HF.

The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, July 24.