Outstanding work makes Jacky the greatest local hero

Jacky Charman
Jacky Charman
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hard-working community star Jacky Charman has been named as Gosport and Fareham’s greatest local hero.

The Rowner community development officer was one of 20 unsung heroes honoured in a three-month exhibition.

She joined the ranks of historians, inventors and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Visitors to the exhibition chose Jacky as the greatest hero of them all for her unwavering community spirit.

She has organised the Rowner carnival for nearly a decade and was once nominated by The News to meet the Queen.

Jacky, who works from the Nimrod Community Centre in Gosport, said: ‘I’m absolutely gobsmacked. The response from people was amazing.

‘This award is about sharing it with the people I work with because if I can do it they can do it.

‘Anybody can do amazing things and if I can help people realise that then that’s a fabulous day’s work.

‘I’m so pleased because as a result of the award I have been asked to open a school fete at Bridgemary School.

‘It might not seem like much but I used to go to school there so it seems really special to me.’

The exhibition was a joint project between the Westbury Manor Museum in Fareham and the Gosport Gallery.

It examined a number of unsung heroes from Fareham and Gosport, including jazz trumpeter Nat Gonella, 1932 Olympic medal winner Tommy Green and Sir William Randal Cremer, the first Englishman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Gosport museum officer Erica Munro said: ‘We’re thrilled Jacky has won the popular vote of the Local Heroes exhibition.

‘She’s very modest and it’s great to be able to recognise and celebrate the impact she’s had on her local community.

‘The exhibition has proved that the word “hero” means different things to different people.

‘Heroism isn’t just about single acts of sacrifice but also dedication and generosity of spirit.

‘We’re proud our visitors have shown they value our community heroes as much as the brave and remarkable heroes of history.’