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 That Make Bradford Sparkle to thank them for their efforts in what was the most difficult of years.

Here are just some of the stories from the many nominations we received across the district:

Helen Astin, Volunteer Head Gardener at Bradford Industrial Museum nominated by Sonja Kielty: “Bringing her own wheelbarrow and tools in winter and all weathers and throughout the pandemic, Helen has created a WWII garden, a cottage Victorian garden and gorgeous horse troughs at Bradford Industrial Museum. Thanks to Helen’s help, we now have plans for dyes, medicinal, folklore and community veg gardens at Bolling Hall Museum too.”

Mohammed Iftikar – known as Ifty – from Kala Sangam nominated by Alex Corwin and Alex Croft: “Ifty is the glue that holds Kala Sangam together – the friendly, welcoming face that’s often the first person to greet anyone who comes into the building. Like most arts organisations, the lockdown has been particularly tough on Kala Sangam. Due to restrictions, Ifty has often been the sole member of staff on site, but his positive, can-do attitude has helped get all of us through these difficult times.”

Claire Tempest from Helping Hands Bradford nominated by Adele Bostock: “Claire provides food parcels to families in need amongst other things. She does all this from her own home and has helped so many families since the first lockdown, she goes above and beyond to ensure no one is left hungry! Claire is amazing and is a star!”

Imran Khan of IK Collections nominated by Safoora-Amaani Uddin: “During the pandemic Imran has raised spirits by making bespoke suits for Sir Captain Tom Moore as a thank you for raising money for the NHS. He made scrubs for the NHS staff when there was a shortage of PPE too. Imran also helped the community by delivering hot meals to the elderly and people who were shielding.”

Marigold Addams nominated by Jo Binns for “running online entertainment throughout lockdown and beyond… with glamour, sparkle but most of all, an eye on everyone’s wellbeing. She encourages everyone to let go, have fun and most importantly to talk. She makes everyone laugh with her wicked sense of humour and has carried so many people through lockdown with care and compassion. ”

Claire Smith nominated Willows Private Day Nursery for “collecting food for St Paul’s Church at harvest festival, buying a plaque for Remembrance Day and for the massive collection of toys and gifts that were sent to children’s charities over Christmas.”

Sarah Harrison nominated “Helena Rhodes and the team from the Bradford Youth Service for all of their hard work this year. They have been a huge help to my son this year and I’m forever grateful.”

Gloria Heilbron was nominated by Corinna Parkins: “Gloria does loads for the Greengates community from gardening group to putting on community socially distanced events.”

Gill Maria nominated Lynn Haley for “all her hard work in collecting clothes and toys for children in the BD4 locality since lockdown. These children and their parents and carers will benefit greatly from her great work.”

Rebecca McDonnell nominated “All the staff at Wibsey Coop who’ve been amazing during the pandemic!”

Mussarat Rahman nominated Jane Gregory for “all the hard work she does with the Biasan Women’s club but never asks for anything.”

Sharon Purvis nominated the IMAS mixed ability sports team in Bradford. “The team has kept up a class and social events online during the pandemic.”

The Lower Grange Community Centre was nominated by Dorothy McMillan: “They have been feeding people all through the pandemic. They are there when you need to speak to them, they are fantastic.”

Samantha Potterton nominated her daughter Olivia who has “not only overcome her own obstacles in lockdown but has helped people overcome theirs…from being there for her friends, donating her toys to those without, using her Christmas money to buy gifts for children who have none, handing out cards in Bradford centre to cheer people up, handing out gifts to the homeless and making them buns, walked 11 miles with hypermobility to raise money….she has gone above and beyond and she has only just gone 9!”

Thanks to everyone who sent in nominations for the People That Make Bradford Sparkle. We’ve loved getting to know more about and celebrating some very special people across the district over the past three months of the Sparkling Bradford Winter Campaign. Previous nominees can be found at: