This week JCB Workwear has revealed its seven finalists following a nationwide search to find heroic tradespeople who volunteer their time to help others.
The JCB Heroes campaign was launched last month with the aim of finding unsung heroes who help charities, good causes or local community groups and reward them for their hard work with a special award and a 12-month clothing sponsorship worth over £500.
Professional tradespeople or those who work in the construction or agriculture industries were invited to apply and say why they deserve to win. Of the hundreds of entries received, just seven have selected as finalists, with the final judging taking place over the next couple of weeks.
They are: Dan Gurr, a carpenter from Brighton who volunteers for the RNLI, Robbie Taylor and Jon King, two builders from Dartmoor who volunteer for Search & Rescue, Steve Cullabine a joiner from Sheffield who volunteers with Mountain Rescue, Neil Siebrits a builder from Mudeford who also volunteers for the RNLI, Imran Younas a tradesperson from Birmingham who works with Volunteer It Yourself and Dylan Evans a farmer from Wales who volunteers with Aberdyfi Mountain Rescue.
Collectively they dedicate almost 200 hours per month to help others and have clocked up over 50 years of volunteering!
Joanne Dyson from JCB Workwear said: “We know that tradespeople often volunteer for services such as Mountain Rescue or use their skills to help community groups with costly repairs and maintenance. We wanted to find these unsung heroes, who play such an important role in their community and say thank you!
“It has been very difficult to whittle the entries down to seven and picking an overall winner will be especially hard as I believe that all seven are heroes!”
JCB Workwear is working with independent judges from two volunteering organizations; Volunteering Matters and The National Council for Volunteering Organisations to help select the overall winner. There will also be two runner ups who will also receive prizes.
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