People That Make Bradford Sparkle

As part of the Sparkling Bradford winter campaign, we wanted to shine a light on the people in our communities who have gone out of their way to spread a sprinkle of joy this year.

We asked you to nominate the People Who Make Bradford Sparkle to thank them for their efforts in what was the most difficult of years.

Here are just some of the many nominees we received and their stories from across the district:

Laura Bowen and Steve McHugh at The Valley Project, Holme Wood. “Since lockdown in March, Laura and Steve have done so much for the local families and community. They have delivered fun activities and food parcels every week and through lockdown did hot meals. They have been amazing and a lot of families in Holme Wood are really grateful for what they do for our children”. In normal times, The Valley Project runs adventure play sessions, during 2020 children received a regular themed pack full of fun resources to keep them engaged and entertained: nature and sunflower growing packs, pavement chalks, outdoor games and sports equipment. Food parcels and hot meals cooked over a campfire have also been provided to local people.

Nominated by: Lucy Marshall


Inayah Sher, founder of Bradford4Better, was nominated for her community work and campaigns on road safety, litter, safer streets and establishing the supportive Bradford4Better group initially in BD2, but now a growing citizen’s group committed to making positive changes across the city. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group was able to use its networks and members’ goodwill to provide support to people most in need. Inayah coordinated food collections, help for people isolating in their homes and even organised pet food distributions. “She has been a unifying force during this difficult period”. Also nominated by Kashif Ahmed: Yasar Mohammed, Abida Rafiq, Shadim Hussain and Shahid Islam for their support throughout lockdown to COVID-19 response projects across the city.

Nominated by: Kashif Ahmed


Jeanette Young, District Commissioner for Keighley Scouts. “Jeanette volunteers her time to run scouting in Keighley. When Covid-19 hit, this did not stop Keighley Scouts and Jeanette led them though this difficult time offering online events run by her team to keep young people engaged and active to support their mental health and wellbeing. We are truly lucky to have fantastic volunteers like Jeanette in Keighley.”

Nominated by: Toby Hammond


Sue Rhodes was nominated by Inn Churches a local Bradford homeless and food poverty charity for her help at their Shaw House site. “Sue has been working on a mural at Shaw House for the past 10 weeks, a city scape including eight famous landmarks across Bradford.  Shaw House is a social supermarket, cafe and cookery school which works to support people affected by Covid-19.  Despite going through some challenging situations herself, Sue comes to Shaw House twice a week to undertake the mural. Even after all the adversity she has faced she greets everyone the same, with a warm smile and a kind heart.  We are sure the mural will become a landmark at the “top o’ town“.

Nominated by: Juli Thompson


Saliha Sadiq has been nominated for her work as a volunteer at the Millan Community Centre in Manningham. As the Centre had to close to keep the users safe, Saliha worked from home counselling both older women and young girls. Some if in crisis contacted her during the evenings and at night, and she still found time to speak to and reassure the women despite also having a full-time job and a young daughter. “There are many individuals and families in the Manningham area who have a great deal to thank Saliha for. She does not blow her own trumpet she just gets on with her work which is why I think she deserves wider recognition.” Saliha also contacted us to nominate Elizabeth Hellmich for her work at the Centre – a real team effort to provide emotional and practical support to the local community.

Nominated by: Elizabeth Hellmich MBE


Andy, Shannon, Tam and Marie and all the volunteers at the Sandale Centre on Buttershaw have been nominated for their work supporting the Buttershaw and Woodside communities – “It’s somewhere that people know they can always ring if they get stuck or need a hand.” The team have provided daily hot meals for older people, take-away breakfasts, packed lunches for kids, food parcels and launched a new outdoor market shop supplying affordable produce. They also set up a befriending scheme to ensure isolating older people have had regular phone calls throughout 2020 and arranged for Christmas gifts for children delivered by a socially distant Santa.

Nominated by Carolyn Simes


Matthew Crowther, contacted Sparkling Bradford to acknowledge the food traders in Oastler Market who “never ran out of any produce and provide a more relaxed shopping experience. They have been Bradford heroes”. The market’s essential retailers continued operating during lockdown, with many providing a very welcome delivery service for the first time to vulnerable and shielding customers.

Nominated by: Matthew Crowther


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Origin Fine Foods in Clayton a deli and artisan food shop has been nominated for its outstanding customer service above and beyond during lockdown described as being “amazing…delivering around Clayton and surrounding villages and even taking fish and chips to those isolating without asking a delivery fee”.

Nominated by: Christine Kempster


We Love Balloons in Wibsey was nominated as “nothing is too much trouble for them and their creations always put a smile on people’s faces. Even through a loss, they still carried on doing what they love and helping people enjoy their lockdown celebrations.”

Nominated by: Charlene Green


Giddy Arts eco refill, arts and crafts and coffee shop was nominated for keeping people’s spirits up during lockdown, with deliveries that bring a smile.  “I love how Giddy Arts put little jokes on their deliveries. During the spring lockdown, our street WhatsApp group enjoyed sharing their dubious jokes written on their bulk buy flour packaging. Personal touches like that really matter, even more during stressful times!”

Nominated by David Craig


Please continue to send your nominations for the People Who Make Bradford Sparkle to: We’ll be featuring nominees throughout January and February. To see some of our previous nominees and their great work across the city visit:

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