'Alternative rich list' announced

Not-for-profit recruitment event Forum3 has devised an 'alternative rich list', which recognises people whose lives are rich because of what they give rather than their financial wealth.

Forum3 received 90 nominees and 900 votes for the list. The winners are Hugo Villela from cooperative lender Shared Interest, which helps farmers and handicraft makers on the fields in Costa Rica to get financial support to bring their goods to market; former homeless addict Martin Murphy, now life skills coordinator for homelessness charity the House of St Barnabas; and Nicky Pendleton, co-founder of Canine Partners, which provides dogs to assist wheelchair users.

"With the alternative rich list we recognise those people in society whose wealth is not defined by pounds and pence but by the way they have enriched other people's lives," said Debbie Hockham, director of Forum3. "These are the real heroes of society."

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