As part of Basildon New Town's 70th Anniversary, Basildon Council and Eastgate Shopping Centre will be celebrating 70 years with 70 Basildon Heroes.
Our Heroes can be individuals, or community, voluntary, sports or cultural organisations and businesses alike.
To find out more and submit your Basildon Hero nomination online, or by email or post see, Nominate your Basildon at 70 hero here
Nominations are open from February - September 2019.
As a Teaching Assistant and Gymnastics Teacher, Lesley has inspired many children in Basildon to gain skills such as resilience and determination, alongside a lifelong love of gymnastics. Her
passion is contagious - and she goes above and beyond daily.
St Luke's is known and recognised by the Care Quality Commission for the 'Outstanding' care it delivers in our community, which it has done since 1990. What makes them truly heroic is the hard work, passion, courage and commitment behind the scenes - by all its staff, volunteers and trustees, past and present.
As a youth worker for more than 27 years, the past 15 years as Young Carer Support lead, Gina was involved in a diverse range of work. She has been a massive asset for the youth in the Borough - a constant and unrelenting support for them when times are hard.
No one has done more in the cause of nature conservation in Basildon Borough. Dr Rod Cole was a former Chair of Basildon Natural History Society and Langdon Living Landscape - and a recognised authority on lepidoptera. Dr Cole's knowledge of the Borough's natural history is unsurpassed.
Time Music Therapy work within the community to enrich lives through music therapy - and were instrumental in establishing a regular Monday night for those aged over 16 with a disability. It provided a quality night in a safe environment for people who might struggle in social situations - changing lives for the better
Charlotte has been a volunteer helper at Eversley Primary School for 37 years, working with children in Reception, Year 1 and 2. Her dedication, kind and caring nature, and her loving smile have brought delight and help to thousands of children. She's a true Basildon Hero!
A 'one of a kind' individual, Mark lives his life with others continuously in mind. He created the Basildon Disability Equality Forum in 2010, he is a peer reviewer for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Stonewall LGBT Champion. Mark also works with Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust as a volunteer. A real inspiration to all!
The team have been passionate in providing a platform for the youth of Basildon to become involved in the theatre, helping to build life skills and experience for their futures.
As a patron of Anna Kennedy Online, Aston visits schools and local authorities to teach how to work with people with complex conditions and help raise awareness of autism.
The team at Gateway 97.8 have been instrumental in helping local people find jobs; offer young people the chance to learn radio; and run accredited courses to help disadvantaged people gain transferable skills.
Jo has been supporting the local community her entire career through working as a librarian, a governor at a Basildon school, play leader for a local group and now as a pivotal member of the Basildon Heritage Group.
By co-founding St Luke's Hospice Basildon, Trudy has been a support and valuable lifeline for many patients and their family members during difficult times for many years.
As a volunteer for Wat Tyler Country Park for four years, Gary is passionate about keeping the park free of hazards and litter that causes harm to local wildlife, no matter the weather.
Over the last four years, they have made valuable improvements to Pitsea including a youth club, an organic gardening project, an outdoor gym and children's playground.
Founder of La Danse Fantastique, Moira wanted to open up the world of music and dance to all young people, including those with physical problems, sensory impairments or learning difficulties.
For more than thirty years as a volunteer, Brian has served as a Magistrate, school governor, public governor, Trustee for St Luke's Hospice and more, offering unconditional support to the local community.