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Meet Sandwell’s Bostin People!

If you’ve seen our fantastic new posters around Sandwell and you’d like to meet the Bostin People featured on them, read on!

Nine of our incredible residents – all with a story of how they make Sandwell a Bostin Place – feature on the posters in our towns and communities.

You can learn about all of them here and how they make us proud to Celebrate Sandwell.

They are:

Karnell Nunes-Smith – #1 Ranked Swimmer from Oldbury

Swimmer Karnell is already setting records aged 17 – his times in the pool are just seconds off the records of Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Adam Peatty!

Find out more about Karnell

Gifted and talented Oldbury swimmer, Karnell Nunes-Smith

Marcus Galli – young PE amabassador

At Ormiston Forge Academy, Marcus consistently applies himself to sport, displaying the school values of ‘resilience, aspiration and respect’ on a daily basis.

Find out more about Marcus

Marcus Galli

Haseebah Abdullah – England’s first Hijab-wearing boxing coach

Haseebah Abdullah from Smethwick is the first hijab-wearing boxing coach in England and she’s an incredible ambassador for women’s sport.

Find out more about Haseebah


Sadeh Graham – advocate for others with sickle cell anaemia and Batonbearer

Pharmacist Sadeh Graham, from West Bromwich, has sickle cell anaemia. She’s a volunteer, fundraiser, blogger, researcher, educator and a supporter of young adults and carers. She’s a great advocate for blood donation as well.

Find out more about Sadeh

Sadeh Graham

Blind Dave Heeley – marathon runner and local legend

Blind Dave Heeley is a record-breaking marathon runner, fundraiser extraordinaire and an all-round great bloke.

Dave, who is from West Bromwich, lost his sight in his twenties but has never let this hold him back.

Find out more about Blind Dave

Brian Kilgallon – Sandwell’s TikTok superstar lollipop man

Bostin Brian Kilgallon has been a Sandwell Council lollipop man for more than ten year – but he’s also a viral TikTok star.

Find out more about Brian

Molly Jenner-Flukes – Ambassador for women’s sports and mental health

Seventeen-year-old Molly Jenner-Flukes is an outstanding role model and ambassador for women’s sport.

Find out more about Molly

Molly Jenner Flukes

Parmjit Dhillon – Batonbearer and inspirational Sikh

Since arriving in the UK at a young age, Parmjit Dhillon has been a pillar of the local Sikh and Punjabi community.

Find out more about Parmjit

Amy Swift – inspirational Baton Bearer

Amy was a key part of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Sandwell. She carried the Baton on a boat from Smethwick Galton Bridge to West Bromwich.

Find out more about Amy and when the Queen’s Baton Relay came to Sandwell

Queen’s Baton is carried by local wheelchair user Amy Swift. Galton Bridge

And it’s not just these nine amazing people we are so proud of – check out our Bostin People, Bostin Place stories for more than 80 tales of amazing people and places in Sandwell.