Eric Freeman has been involved in farming in Gloucestershire all his life. He has a passion for keeping local traditions alive and has a great interest in the history and rare breeds of our county. He lives in Taynton, Gloucestershire.
Mark, who moved to the UK from New York 29 years ago, has been teaching music at Cokethorpe School for three years. He is involved with many musical projects both in and out of school, and his Pythagoras Rap, which can be heard on the schoolâ€™s website, is inspirational listening! www.cokethorpe.org.uk
Twenty years ago, Pennyâ€™s mother developed Alzheimerâ€™s. She soon found a radical way of looking at the disability that enabled her to tune into how the sufferer was feeling, and to draw on past memories and bring contentment where there may have been confusion. She has since helped hundreds of suffers and their carers manage the condition. www.SPECAL.co.uk (Specialised Early Care for Alzheimerâ€™s).
John-Charles is director of Cotswold Forest School and has been running it for just over three years. The main focus of the school is outdoor learning that also embraces willow work and the creative side of things. He also does voluntary work with The Princeâ€™s Trust.
Hilary, who runs the Organic Farm Shop, near Cirencester, set up a block-printing workshop in Jaipur, Rajasthan, 22 years ago. The workshop offers the printers a salary, meaning they have a roof over their heads, food on the table, and an education for their children, as well as the feeling of self-respect a trade brings.
Dean Close School pupil Emily is a dedicated fundraiser for the James Hopkins Trust. Her brother Freddie (12) was born with a heart condition, while Archie (five) was born three monthsâ€™ prematurely and so she has always helped a great deal at home with their care. As just one means for raising much-needed funds, every year Emily sings carols in the Regent Arcade, Cheltenham. Emily was nominated by Cathy Stebbings: â€œEmily does a lot of work to raise money for various charities."
Rory Goodman, aged 17, is Head Boy of The Cotswold School, Bourton-on-the-Water for 2009/2010. At a very young age, Rory organised a sponsored bike ride for himself and 3 friends raising Â£850 for Helen House Hospice. His first act as Head Boy was to raise the awareness of his peers to Helen House and is now organizing a Sixth Form Charity Committee. They also intend to raise money for other local charities.
Rory is taking 4 A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Art.
Emma Stacey has worked as a therapist for 25 years, specialising in trauma.
Three years ago she moved to Bosnia where she establishes an NGO (Non Government Organization) setting up clinics for the treatment of the women who survived the war. It is only now that trauma is beginning to surface â€“ as life starts to settle down. Emma opened one clinic in Sarajevo, one in Schrebriniza and a third in Gorazde. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.idc.org.ba
Lizzie fundraises for Helen & Douglas House â€“ Helen House was the first childrenâ€™s hospice in the world founded in Oxford 27 years ago by Sister Frances Dominica. Douglas House is the first hospice for young adults from 18 to 25 in the UK, so equally pioneering.
Lizzieâ€™s son Harry had a form of Muscular Dystrophy and the family used Helen House for many years for respite care and sadly eventually for end of life care. Go to www.helenanddouglas.org.uk for information.
Local entrepreneur Martin Graham has lived in Longborough all his life. Village life in Longborough in the fifties was not dissimilar to that of Laurie Leeâ€™s Slad. Everything was in short supply in the post war Cotswolds, except affection.
Martin built an opera house in his garden and hosts the annual Festival of Opera in June and July each summer, which attracts a national and international audience. For more information contact email@example.com