Top 20 unsung heroes in the UK – from healthcare workers, to waste collectors

Health and care workers, volunteers, and waste collectors are among the UK’s biggest unsung heroes, according to a survey. Teachers and farmers are also among the professions considered to go under the radar, without their due praise.

And social workers, youth workers, fishermen, and food delivery drivers also featured among the top 20.

But when it comes to inspirational figures, parents (46 percent), partners, and friends (both 19 percent), have the greatest impact on people’s lives.

The poll of 2,000 adults also found they look up to an average of two people in life – from family, to celebrities and other inspirational characters.

Bond Zhang, UK CEO at global smartphone brand, HONOR, which commissioned the research to celebrate unsung heroes over the holidays, said: “It’s important that unsung heroes are recognised, and get the credit they deserve.

“There are so many good deeds which don’t get the recognition they deserve, and that’s why we want to shine a light on those who are really making a difference and going beyond this holiday season.

“Whether it’s family and friends, or even a teacher or mentor, there’s so many factors which go into making a nice person, and it’s important to celebrate that, particularly during the winter months.”

The study revealed that, among our own family members, mothers (36 percent) were named the biggest unsung heroes, ahead of fathers (25 percent), and wives (18 percent).

Of those who were inspired by their parents, two-thirds said it was down to the support they offered when needed, while 58 percent felt this way because their mum or dad believed in them.

Other factors which inspire people include someone with the ability to cheer people up, who can achieve what they put their mind to, and who cares for everyone, no matter who they are.

However, it appears many don’t always find the time to give praise and recognition to others, with just 14 percent doing so “very often”. And there is also a struggle to accept praise which is given by others – with just nine percent finding it “very easy” to accept compliments.

The research, carried out via OnePoll, found that 88 percent felt unsung heroes should be honoured more – and they plan to do so over the festive season by giving them gifts (17 percent), and contributing to charities which support their causes (16 percent).

Other heartfelt ways people are reaching out include promoting the good work done by their heroes, and sending a thank you card (both 13 percent).

Bond Zhang, of HONOR UK, which is creating a Nice List to honour unsung heroes, said: “While it might not be the easiest thing to do, telling people you appreciate them can go a long way.

“As the research shows, almost four in five people said receiving thanks can have a positive impact on mental health.

“To celebrate the good work people have done over the year, we’re giving people the chance to nominate their unsung heroes, and shine a light on the good work they’ve done in helping others and their community.”

The brand will be updating its X and Instagram pages, on @HONORUK, with the unsung heroes receiving the plaudits they deserve.


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