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Local resident recognised as a local superhero

Ron Hogg, Dennis Duncan & Cllr Joy Allen

Image L-R: Ron Hogg, Dennis Duncan and Cllr Joy Allen

One local resident has been awarded for his long-term contribution to communities.

Dennis Duncan, from Shildon, received a surprise visit on Monday from Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, and Cllr Joy Allen, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities.

Ron said: “Dennis’ outstanding voluntary work for others should clearly be recognised. He has shown endless commitment to fundraising for local charities and during his work with community radio, which he has done since he was 16 years old.

“He has encouraged and worked with young people, passing on his skills and knowledge, and helping them to get involved in local radio and community projects. He has never let his visual impairment hinder his voluntary work.

“Dennis gets up at five o’ clock every morning to deliver newspapers in his local community, whatever the weather. It is important that Dennis is recognised for his all that he does within the local community and raising money for charity. He is a fabulous guy and local superhero and I wish him all the best.”

The surprise visit took place at an event organised by Auckland Hospital Radio at The Spice Lounge in Bishop Auckland on Monday evening, where Dennis was presented with a certificate and a medal for his achievements.

Councillor Joy Allen said: “Far too often a volunteer’s time and effort goes unrecognised, so it was a real pleasure to accompany the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner to surprise Dennis with his certificate and medal.

“Dennis was in the company of so many friends and family and his extensive work for charities and the wider community has been recognised. He is one of our many unsung local heroes.”

Posted on Wednesday 2nd November 2016
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