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Towering Statue Unveiled in London to Honor a National Hero You’ve Probably Never Heard of

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Jo Newby next to her new statue – SWNS

Alongside Captain James Cook or Winston Churchill, a new statue in London’s iconic Southbank honors a British hero is not likely known, even by the British themselves.

Unsung hero Jo Newby, 52, stands at Southbank in recognition of efforts in the child foster care system and youth special needs soccer.

The statue was commissioned by the snack bar brand, KIND Snacks.

The nationwide ‘#MyKINDHero’ search was launched earlier this year to uncover the UK’s kindest hero, and Newby received nearly 500 heart-warming nominations led by her husband of 21 years, Chris.

The statue stands four meters tall on Southbank’s Observation Point and was created using 3D scanning technology from made from recycled materials.

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“It’s all so surreal…I can’t believe it,” said Jo Newby. “I just get on with my day to day and don’t ever stop to think about the wider impact that I may be having. All I think about is the children and making sure they feel happy, included and safe.”

Newby, from East Yorkshire, has fostered an astounding 92 children to date over the course of her 2 decades volunteering.

She went on to adopt a child with additional needs, while supporting and caring for her husband, Chris, during his battle with pancreatic cancer.

“She’s like the really fun auntie you never you knew you wanted but you actually really needed, because without her I have no idea where I would have gone,” said Sophie, one of Newby’s fostered kids.

She is also a co-founder of Barton Inclusive Football Club Hull, consisting of three competitive pan-disability football teams for children and young adults in the area, which the coaches say just doesn’t exist anywhere else in the region.

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Jo’s statue holds 92 balloons with one hand—each symbolizing one child she has fostered, and a pair of children’s soccer cleats in the other while resting her foot on a soccer ball.

“I’m so honored to be chosen as the UK’s kind hero, and for my husband Chris to have nominated me without my knowing. The world is so full of sadness and anger. I just hope that people can see what an impact kindness has on others.”

“To me, Jo is the most amazing, kind and selfless woman in the world, so when I saw #MyKINDhero callout I had to put her forward,” said Chris. “To have her recognized and identified as the UK’s kind hero makes me burst with pride.”

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