OUR #lockdownheroes campaign and we are shining the spotlight on those in the community who are doing a fantastic job in the fight against coronavirus.

We asked you for your nominations of people who are going the extra mile, often under the radar, to help others and raise a smile in these uncertain times.

And we are now recognising those #lockdownheroes and call on you to send in more nominations so we can continue to celebrate the ordinary folk doing extraordinary things to keep spirits up.

We want to hear about all those wonderful people out there who are helping you during this crisis.

Simply email your stories and nominations, including a picture of the person you are nominating, to our community editor, Simone O'Kane at simone.okane@newsquest.co.uk

Nephew smashes reading challenge

I WANT to nominate my nephew Milan Paul Kumar for his sheer dedication and perseverance to complete a black belt reading challenge from Bolton School Junior Boys.
A Reading Challenge that should have taken 12 months to complete was finished by Milan in three months of lockdown.
Only Aged 7 and part of his challenge was to read two Harry Potter books. Incredible and we are immensely proud of him.
At the start of lockdown I remember Milan writing a poem encouraging me to read my way through lockdown. 
I want to share it as I hope Milan can help motivate other children to read during lockdown to maintain a healthy well-being:

The more you read Corona won’t breed
The more you learn Corona will burn
Fill your mind Books entwine
David Walliams is prime Slime is grime
Books look after your well-being
Sending the Coronavirus fleeing
Lots of Love from
Auntie Roopa, Uncle Dilip, Grandma, Grandad and not forgetting Rolo and Milo the Dogs. x

Homless helper is a real champion

I WOULD like to nominate Billa (Bilal) Ahmed.
Billa has been leading a community charity called Homeless Aid UK in Bolton and Manchester for many years now.
The charity supply food hampers and clothing to the growing number of people living in poverty. 
Billa has been at the forefront of helping the homeless community. Since the start of Covid-19, he created a foodbank and Billa and his team of volunteers have been delivering free food every day to anyone in need across Bolton.
He is always helping and is out and about and advertised on Facebook local groups too for anyone who needs help. 
He is a hero and an inspiration to the community.
 We are very proud of him!
Nominated by Salma Patel.

Little Voices making kids smile in lockdown

I WOULD like to nominate Rachel the Principal of Little Voices and her amazing team of tutors.
I would like to nominate because during Covid-19 they have arranged:
1) Online performing arts lessons
2) Facebook Live LVTV
3) FREE online performing arts workshops

Currently their performing arts lessons are online, which helps my child continue to grow in confidence and develop important life skills through her lessons. 
Facebook Live LVTV sessions happen four times a week. Each session is filled with lots of fun and positivity for all the family! They have Motivation Monday, Story Time Tuesday, Fun Friday and Family Quiz Saturday. 
The amazing tutors, Rachael and Emily, work hard to ensure that each Live session is fun and uplifting and always has a positive message, which is incredibly important during this difficult time. 

Headteacher is a superstar for her school

I BELIEVE that our headteacher needs recognition for all the amazing work she has done. 
Mrs Angela Worthington at Bolton Parish Church School has gone above and beyond together with her humble attitude. 
Since the pandemic our headteacher has been organising in giving out work packs to every single child. 
These work packs include all subjects: English, maths, science, geography, history, art and RE.
The school has been open for parents who want their children to come for 2 hours per day and surprisingly we have had a very good turn out.
There is a one way system in school. Children go to the toilets one by one and are escorted to ensure that their hands are carefully being washed by using soap.
All children have their own bubble and are assigned to the same staff. 
Children have their dinner in their own classroom with their bubble but still keeping two meters apart.
It would be nice if Mrs Angela Worthington gets a mention as she really is a lockdown hero.
 She has worked so hard and wholeheartedly for the children. Nominated by Mrs Khan - teaching assistant.

Sister is a hardworking hero

MY SISTER Lyndsay Pello deserves to be a lockdown hero.
During the pandemic she has been working as a keyworker for the NHS cleaning at the hospital.
She has two children and works really hard.
As well as this she has been caring for our elderly parents - by maintaining social distancing.
Shopping and making sure that they have their essentials is all that she has been doing.
People don’t take into account that being a single parent during lockdown is such hard work.
Lyndsay makes her children do their school work and also makes sure that they have everything that they need.
I’d also like to nominate all of my sister’s colleagues who have been cleaning across the hospitals and making sure we are all kept safe.
Nominated by Angela.