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City volunteers who help to make us all feel happier.

A HUMAN rights activist and a charity volunteer from Coventry have made it into this year's Independent on Sunday's 'Happy List'.

Mandy Sanghera, a campaigner against honour violence, and Julie Emerson, who volunteers for a stillbirth charity, feature in the list of 100 people.

The annual list, which began five years ago as an antidote to rich lists, celebrates people from all walks of life whose caring, fundraising, mentoring, or selflessness make Britain a better and happier place to live in.

Mandy, of Exhall, has helped more than 200 people HAPPINESS: Sanghera and Julie escape domestic violence and forced marriages. Her work was prompted by the forced marriage of a disabled friend 22 years ago.

She said: "I'm chuffed to pieces that I've made the list. It's a real honour. I do this to make a difference, not to get paid."

Julie Emerson, of Finham, made the list in recognition of her work for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society which she turned to for support after her daughter was stillborn 14 years ago.

Mandy Emerson The mum-of-two, who runs a childcare business, devotes her spare time to the charity and runs support groups for those who have suffered stillbirth or miscarriage.


HAPPINESS: Mandy Sanghera and Julie Emerson
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 25, 2012
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