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I’m a Hidden Hero!

Last night, I donned my best (£4.99 charity shop, worn lots of times before) frock, and hubby and I hot-footed it up to Woking to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Centre.
For an awards ceremony!

WWF ambassadors Graeme LeSaux and Alistair McGowan, with Diane, Jessie and me! Photo from WWF

WWF ambassadors Graeme LeSaux and Alistair McGowan, with Diane, Jessie and me!
Photo from WWF

I had a wonderful surprise last year when I was informed that I had been nominated for the WWF’s Earth Hour Hidden Hero’s award, by a reader of this very blog (thankyou Vikki!). I was chuffed to bits but assumed it wouldn’t go any further, and promptly forgot all about it.
But then back in December, I got an e-mail to say I had won the Community Champion award!
However I was sworn to secrecy, and couldn’t tell you all, even when I had to do some filming (!) at my house for a video to show before the award was presented 🙂

Hidden Heroes is a nationwide competition that was launched with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. People nominate themselves, or others, who have gone the extra mile to help create a greener, more sustainable future.
There were three categories: Workplace Wonders, Young Superstars (under 25s) and Community Champions, and all the nominations were judged by a panel, and the three winners selected.

The other two winners on the night were:
Diane Lamont-Workplace Wonder. Diane is a chef at a pre-school in Scotland, but she does soooo much more than just cook the kiddies their food. She has got them planting a whole veg garden, and they harvest and cook what they grow, as well as learning about the importance of bugs and creepy crawlies!
Jessie Autie-Young Superstar. Jessie is indeed young, and very much a superstar! At the age of just 6, she and her mum rode their tandem bike 160 miles on a coast to coast challenge, and raised over £1000 for WWF along the way!
You can read more about them and their fabulous projects on the WWF blog.

It was such a pleasure and an inspiration to meet both of these remarkable people, as well as Simon Jakeman, who was a winner in 2013, and has got his whole fire station growing fruit and veg on the roof! (You can read more about Simon on the Rubbish Diet blog here).
We also got a tour of the WWF LIving Planet Centre, which is a remarkable building. As you would imagine, it is built with sustainability at the forefront, and uses ground source heat pumps for all it’s heating needs, as well as making full use of all the rain, and grey water, with water re-use systems. It’s brilliant to see these kinds of systems in action, and to see that with a bit of thought, even office buildings can be made eco-friendly!


I was so surprised to even be nominated-it really humbling to find out that someones thinks enough of my little blog, to sit down and write out a nomination. And then to win, was just amazing! My huge thanks go to Vikki for nominating me, and to the judges for picking me, and to WWF for making the awards happen!
Each winner was presented with a cheque for £500 from the People’s Postcode Lottery, to use to help fund their projects, which is a massive unexpected bonus! I am giving some thought to starting some kind of fund on the new website, that people can apply to, to help them set up repair and re-use events in their own communities. It would be awesome to see the money being used to get other people, and their communities, Making Do and Mending, and spreading the word.

Hidden Heroes is a part of WWF’s Earth Hour, a global annual event where hundreds of millions of people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about our planet. It’s about people from across the globe coming together to create a symbolic and spectacular lights out display and asking for change.
Check out this awesome short video from WWF all about it:

In previous years, Earth Hour has seen switch offs from global landmarks like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Wembley Stadium, Edinburgh Castle, the Eiffel Tower, Times Square, the Kremlin – it has even been celebrated in the International Space Station, with astronaut Chris Hadfield a long-time supporter.

This year’s WWF Earth Hour is at 8.30pm on Saturday 28th March, and I will be joining in again this year, as we have for the past couple of years. Probably by playing Scrabble by candlelight again!

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  • Reply Krafty Karen February 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Well done Jen – that is brilliant!!

    • Reply Jen February 5, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Thankyou so much!

  • Reply KnitNell February 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Congratulations Jen – excellent!

    • Reply Jen February 5, 2015 at 11:10 am


  • Reply joyknitt January 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Jen, just read about you in the Warminsteer journal, and as I’m also in Warminster I just had to follow you. Well done, you have set a great example to us all. Joy x x

    • Reply Jen February 5, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Lovely to hear from a fellow Warminster person-thanks so much!

  • Reply vjcollins January 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    That’s fantastic Jen, well done x

    • Reply Jen February 5, 2015 at 11:12 am


  • Reply Jen January 30, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    It was fab, thanks Helen!

  • Reply Susie - secondhandsusie.blogspot.co.uk January 29, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Congratulations! 😀

    • Reply Jen January 30, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thankyou Susie!

  • Reply fredthethread January 29, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Congratulations, you deserve it! Well done for inspiring so many people.

    • Reply Jen January 30, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Lovely of you to say so, thankyou!

  • Reply Debbie hurry January 29, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    And you got a picture with ?Graeme Le Saux!! Seriously, well done x

    • Reply Jen January 30, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      And Alistair McGowan! Thanks Debbie!

  • Reply Rachelle Strauss January 29, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    OMG! I’m so proud of you – really well deserved. You rock!

    • Reply Jen January 30, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Awww, thanks Rae. You rock too 🙂

  • Reply Power’s off – a morning without electricity and what I learned | Second-Hand Tales January 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    […] I was reading about WWF’s Earth Hour on another blog (Jen from mymakedoandmendyear blog has just won a WWF ‘Hidden Hero’ award). Earth Hour takes place on 28 March, […]

    • Reply Jen January 30, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks for sharing! We are so lucky to be able to take our electricity for granted aren’t we?

  • Reply KathrynH January 29, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    well done, you! You so deserve it and it’s nice to know that even in rural Wiltshire we can make a difference with bloggers like you x

    • Reply Jen January 30, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Thankyou Kathryn! We can always make a difference 🙂

  • Reply Emma Croft January 29, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Massive and deserved congratulations Jen x

    • Reply Jen January 30, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks Emma!

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