Third community award for Sharon

Local hero Sharon Heron was presented with her award by Liz Simpson, deputy Business Chairman, Northumberland County Council.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Local hero Sharon Heron was presented with her award by Liz Simpson, deputy Business Chairman, Northumberland County Council.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A Northumberland publican has now received a hat-trick of awards.

Sharon Herron, who runs The Keel Row in Seaton Delaval, won the Community Hero Pub of the Year 2014 title from Enterprise Inns and in June, she was recognised in the Footprint Awards for her efforts to put the pub at the heart of the community.

Last Thursday, she was given a Northumberland Local Heroes accolade from the county council.

The fund-raising for Macmillan Cancer Support started when the pub took part in the charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning initiative. Sharon and her team also organised the event to support one of the regulars, Peter Almond, who was terminally ill.

He later died and the third Macmillan coffee morning at the pub, which took place last year, was in his memory. About £20,000 has been raised over the three years.

It held a party fund-raiser last year in aid of the charity to celebrate the return of Team TerraClean of Cramlington, which won the Two Ball Banger Rally that involves travelling across nine countries in four days in a cheap car.

This year’s rally is now under way and the event to welcome the same team home at The Keel Row is a music festival on August 30 (6pm start).

Sharon also organises a bus to drive elderly care home residents to and from the pub free-of-charge and operates a food bank that distributes items donated by local people.

She said: “The response to our events has been amazing, so many people have baked a cake and made a donation.

“We don’t do these activities to get awards, so I can’t believe we have won three within 12 months. I’m also really touched to be recognised by the county council.”

Roly Sanderson of Ashington, who was unable to attend the ceremony in Morpeth, also received a Northumberland Local Heroes award. He has raised more than £150,000 for various local and national charities by doing the Great North Run and other events.

Sharon received her award from Coun Liz Simpson, deputy business chair at Northumberland County Council.

Coun Simpson said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to the request for nominations, showing how much our heroes are appreciated for the effort they make for their communities.

“They have highlighted how much good work is done by local people and groups for the benefit of their neighbours and local area.

“It’s good to praise and acknowledge the excellent work being done by those people and we’d like to encourage more people to get involved.”

Residents can nominate a local hero by picking up a form from council buildings such as libraries, customer information centres and tourist information centres or online at hero.northumberland.gov.uk