The deadline is approaching to recognise the unsung community heroes of the West Midlands.

The 50forWM50 campaign, marking the 50th anniversary of the West Midlands county formation, seeks to honour the region's dedicated volunteers.

Supported by United by 2022, West Midlands Lieutenancy is urging the public to nominate your community heroes before the closing date on Wednesday, April 17.



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The campaign has amassed more than 300 nominations, spotlighting the region's most dedicated volunteers.

Volunteers from Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton can be nominated.

A panel will select 50 volunteers from each area to attend a 'Big Thank You Bash' in June.

The list will then be whittled down to 50, and the chosen volunteer will have a tram named after them on the West Midlands Metro as a fitting monument to their dedication to their community.

Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Sir John Crabtree OBE, said: “With just one week remaining until the nomination deadline, it is truly inspiring to see the overwhelming support and engagement the campaign has received.

"The ongoing dedication and commitment of volunteers across the West Midlands exemplify the spirit of unity that defines our region, and we look forward to celebrating these unsung heroes through our 50forWM50 campaign.”

Nicola Turner, CEO of United by 2022, added: "“It’s been truly wonderful to see communities from across the West Midlands come together over the past five weeks to shine a spotlight on local heroes from across the region.

"Volunteers are the backbone of our communities, and their impact is immeasurable.

"Let's keep this momentum going and ensure every deserving volunteer is celebrated for their invaluable contribution. This place wouldn’t be the same without you.”

To nominate a someone, whether they've been volunteering for one month, one year, or even 50 years, visit the United by 2022 website (