Honouring heroes in the community

from left to right: Valerie Rowe, Hazel Gasgoine, Olive Straughan, Coun Liz Simpson, Angela Ditchburn, Helen Foster and Martin Murphy.
from left to right: Valerie Rowe, Hazel Gasgoine, Olive Straughan, Coun Liz Simpson, Angela Ditchburn, Helen Foster and Martin Murphy.
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Six heroes have been honoured for their selfless acts in their community.

Northumberland Local Heroes highlights how much good work is done by local people for the benefit of neighbours and their local area.

And the latest batch were presented with their awards at Newbiggin Maritime Centre by Coun Liz Simpson, deputy business chairman at Northumberland County Council.

Martin Murphy was recognised for his actions to help save the life of a young boy after he was hit by a car on Cowpen Road in Blyth.

Martin administered CPR before emergency services attended the scene and medics praised Martin, whose actions were instrumental in saving the young boy’s life.

Angela Ditchburn and Helen Foster helped save a man’s life when he collapsed in Blyth town centre. They rushed to the gentleman’s side as he became unwell, suffering from a heart attack. The ladies raised the alarm and administered CPR while they waited for an ambulance, which in turn saved his life.

Newbiggin residents Hazel Gasgoine and Olive Straughan were honoured for their dedication to the Newbiggin Scouts group. Hazel and Olive have given 40 and 31 years respectively to the group and dedicated hours of their time to planning outings, events and activities for local children.

Foster carer Valerie Rowe, from Cramlington, was honoured for her commitment to supporting young people in care for over 25 years. Valerie has fostered over 90 young people from anywhere between one night to four years.

Coun Simpson said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to honour our local heroes for the huge impact they’ve made in Northumberland. Each of our winners has an inspiring story to tell and they deserve recognition.”

The nominations were made in three categories; good neighbours, businesses supporting their community and community champions.

Nominate a local hero at hero.northumberland.gov.uk