Coventry legend nominated as a ‘volunteer hero’

The curator of the Coventry Music Museum has been nominated as a ‘volunteer hero’ in an upcoming celebration of the West Midlands. Local music historian Pete Chambers BEM has been nominated to be one of the 50 ‘volunteer heroes’ to represent his local Coventry area.

It is part of the Big Thank You Celebration on June 23 being held at the Great Hall at the University of Birmingham. The event will be hosted by His Majesty The King’s representative in the West Midlands, Lord-Lieutenant Sir John Crabtree.

Representatives have been selected for their outstanding contribution as a volunteer.

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Pete said of the honour: “Of course, it’s wonderful to be part of these things, but someone said if you get a job you love and you will never work again, well that’s me. So being rewarded for something I love is crazy but wonderful at the same time, and I want to thank my own team of volunteers who are amazing and keep the Coventry Music Museum running."

Although the identity of the person who nominated him has not been made public, Pete added: “I have a good idea who it was and I can’t thank them enough."

What is the 50forWM50 campaign?

From March to April 2024, local volunteers of all backgrounds and ages were nominated for helping their communities in any of the seven local authorities in the West Midlands – Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton. This is all part of the legacy of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

From these nominations, a dedicated judging panel selected 350 volunteers from each of the seven local authorities, who will be invited to join the ‘Big Thank You Bash’ in June. Those 350 volunteers will then be narrowed down to just 50, and from that final shortlist, just one volunteer will be chosen for their outstanding contribution.

As a special thank you, the chosen volunteer will have a tram on the West Midlands Metro named in their honour, as a lasting tribute to their commitment to volunteering and positive impact on their local community.