Nottingham Community Heroes announced – both to see their names on a tram

After a contest run by the Nottingham Post the new Nottingham Express Transit Community Heroes have been named – and for the first time there are two of them, both of whom will see their names adorning the side of a tram running on the tram network. Benjamin Rosser and Bill Chambers have both been recognised for their works in the local community and will now have the honour of a tram named after them – 222 is the designated Community Hero tram.

Earlier this year the Nottingham Post asked the public for nominations for people who had made a difference to the local community and after receiving thousands of nominations the judging panel reached a decision where the tram will have two names affixed for the next 12 months.

Benjamin Rosser was one of the lucky winners. He is a founder of the Pythian Club which has been set up to support and empower young people across Nottingham and was nominated for his “selfless, inspiring and frankly amazing work for the Nottingham community”.

The other winner was Bill Chambers who has spent over 50 years as a football coach in the inner-city area of St Ann’s. His nomination was made as he is a “great role model for so many young people over the years”.

As well as having their names on a tram both have received plaques and free travel passes.

Tim Hesketh, Chief Executive of Tramlink Nottingham, said: “Our 18th birthday is a chance to not only celebrate the vital role of the tram in keeping Nottingham moving, but to also say thanks to the millions of passengers, businesses and key partners that have supported us over the past 18 years. The last 2 years in particular have shone a light on the remarkable resilience, compassion and community-spirit of Nottingham and its residents, so we are delighted to announce the winners of the Community Hero naming competition, recognising some true unsung heroes. Congratulations to Benjamin Rosser and Bill Chambers who are worthy winners for their huge contribution to Nottingham – we look forward to seeing your names on our trams shortly.”

In addition, Karl White was awarded a special commendation for his work as community leader and youth worker in the Meadows for over 30 years. Sadly Mr White passed away from Covid on Boxing Day but his family were in attendance and a plaque will be installed at one of the tram stops in The Meadows.

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