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Awards For Community Superheroes


UNSUNG heroes from across the North-East have been officially recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to their communities.

The achievements of winners include everything from helping victims of domestic violence and coaching youngsters to raising charity money and supporting victims of hate crime.

Four people were presented with a certificate and prize at the event hosted by Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime commissioner, at the force headquarters in Durham City on Monday.

They were nominated at the Celebration of Superheroes evening at Sedgefield Racecourse, which was attended by over a thousand people.

Mr Hogg said: “There are many individuals who do so much for our community, yet often their contribution goes unnoticed.

“The recent event at Sedgefield celebrated the work of local organisations large and small, community groups and volunteers, all of whom are our everyday local superheroes.

“Residents had the opportunity to fill a nomination form in to say who their superhero is and why.  A handful of these special individuals were invited on Monday to be recognised for the work they do to help improve the lives of others.”

Linda Kirk, who runs the Just for Women Centre in Stanley, was given an award for the tireless work she does helping vulnerable women cope with a variety of issues in Stanley, including domestic abuse.

Ian Grimley, who has volunteered as a coach for Trimdon United for over 15 years, won for his work in keeping children off the streets and bringing community spirit to the village.

Pam Spurrell, from Staindrop, won for her dedication in supporting individuals through hate crime incidents and her work for the community, particularly around disabilities.

Another winner George Nicholson, a community event organiser, from Shadforth, has done every Great North Run and next year is planning to do eight park runs in one day to raise money for charity.

He said: “I am very chuffed to get an award but I was not expecting it. It was a lovely surprise.”

Posted on Friday 20th November 2015
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