In the summer of 2020 Coventry City of Culture Trust launched a search for 21 #OurCovHeroes.
The Trust wanted to hear about all different kinds of acts of kindness and everyday heroism that people had been doing during the first lockdown, from key workers and massive community efforts, to individuals checking in on neighbours and volunteering to help their friends and family.
The Trust received over 100 nominations for the #OurCovHeroes campaign and was completely overwhelmed by the incredible stories of selflessness, community spirit and generosity that were submitted.
All these stories deserved to be recognised, so Coventry City of Culture Trust has worked with Coventry BID to created dedicated baubles for every person nominated for the campaign. The baubles will feature on the Christmas trees in Coventry city centre, so that these incredible people can get some of the thanks they deserve for the important work they have been doing during this challenging time.
Hannah Graham from Coventry City of Culture Trust said: ‘We were so moved and blown away by the submissions for the #OurCovHeroes campaign, that we wanted to do something that celebrated everyone who was nominated, not just the final 21 heroes.
‘We know that the people of Coventry care deeply about their communities and it is heart-warming to see that spirit in action. It highlights how we all have the power to make the wellbeing of others a motivator for positive change.
‘Thousands of individuals have been supported across the city by these people. Thank you to those who have been doing so much, for so many, during the pandemic. You are the kind of people that make Coventry a wonderful city.’
Trish Willetts, Director at Coventry BID said: ‘We are incredibly proud to be working with our great friends at the Coventry City of Culture Trust on this wonderful project. As we all know, 2020 has been an incredibly tough year for many people, so it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate those who have gone above and beyond to help and support throughout this time. We are a very Caring City and it has been wonderful to see such incredible people being nominated for their compassion and hard work. Coventry’s Caring Heroes – well done to everyone’
The final 21 heroes will be recognised by having their picture taken by a professional photographer which will be on display in the city centre. The Trust will be announcing the names of the 21 soon, so watch this space.