Ryan wins prize for community spirit

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A YOUNG charity champion has been praised for his fundraising efforts.

Ryan Dixon, 12, of Fourteenth Avenue, Blyth, won the title of young person of the year at Homes for Northumberland’s Spirit in the Community Awards.

The Bede Academy pupil has raised more than £300 for charities including the special care baby unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after using his spare time to make and sell cards, collect prizes and hold raffles.

Ryan’s dad Ian said: “I am really proud of Ryan and everything he has done to raise money for local charities.

“He was over the moon to be shortlisted for this award, and it is fantastic to see all of his hard work in the local community be recognised in this way.”

Homes for Northumberland invited tenants to nominate neighbours, friends and groups whose endeavours have made a difference to them or the wider community.

The winners were then selected by a panel of tenants and presented with the awards at a ceremony held at Blyth Civic Centre.

Other winners included Blyth and District Gateway Club for organising days out, fairs and coffee evenings.

Barbara Thomas, of Cowpen Estate in Blyth, William Gaunt, of Wheatridge in Seaton Delaval, and Mavis and Kenneth Powell, of Deneside in Blyth, all picked up awards for being good neighbours.

Tony Milburn, of Briardale Road in Blyth, won a prize for his participation in meetings, and Blyth’s Isabella Centre and Morpeth-based Children and Families First were jointly named as best community group.

Nominations are now open for this year’s awards. Call (01670) 542424 for details.