Written by Miranda van de Heijning

Who will you nominate as your Gateshead hero?

Nominations are once again open for the Gateshead local heroes awards. The awards are presented annually by the mayor to those who have made a real difference to the lives of others in our borough. Categories include Volunteer of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year, Sports Club of the Year and many more. 

Last year’s winners included nine year old Jack Wilkinson, who walked a million steps in a month to raise money for a two year old boy diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Owen Turnbull won Carer of the Year for his work visiting care homes to teach people about reducing social isolation, while also caring for his wife who suffered from dementia. There was also recognition for the Hunger Hangout Café, which won Business in the Community award for their work giving out meals to people in need. Among the othere winners were the Gateshead Care Home Choir and Leam Rangers Football Club. 

The Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Dot Burnett, says: “Everyday we see fantastic examples of people doing extraordinary things to help others across the borough and it’s really important that these efforts do not go unnoticed. We are incredibly proud of the support that is given from within our local communities and want to continue to recognise the ways in which people are helping others to thrive.”

A specialist panel will short list the nominations after which the public will have a chance to vote for the winner. If there is a person or organisation that you feel deserves to be recognised, there is still time to nominate by clicking here.

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Who will you nominate as your Gateshead hero?

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