Pride awards to reward unsung heroes

Role Model Award at the 2010 Pride of Northumberland Awards at Alnwick Gardens.
Role Model Award at the 2010 Pride of Northumberland Awards at Alnwick Gardens.

PEOPLE who hide in the background but make a difference to other people’s lives are the ones who need rewarding.

And the 2011 Pride of Northumberland Awards will do just that.

Organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the News Post Leader and sister papers the Morpeth Herald and Northumberland Gazette, and Tweeddale Press’ Berwick Advertiser, the awards pay tribute to the courage, bravery, determination and dedication to the unsung heroes of the county who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and overcome massive hurdles.

You may know a youngster who has constantly smiled despite fighting a battle, or achieved something above and beyond the call of duty.

Or maybe you know someone or a group of people who have helped their community, raised money for a good cause or who always fights for what they believe in.

If these characteristics ring alarm bells with you then you should nominate them for the Pride award.

There are nine categories up for grabs – Child of Courage, Child of Achievement, Fund-raiser of the Year, Community Group, Role Model, Sporting Achievement, Community Champion and Safer Community.

Launched in conjunction with Metro Radio, the awards have become a huge success and last year saw Pc David Rathband, who was shot by gunman Raoul Moat, collect the Role Model award, this year sponsored by NBSL, for overcoming the horrific ordeal he was put through,

And 16-year-old Rebecca Johnson from Ashington won the Child of Courage honour after battling Hodgkins Lymphoma, having gruelling chemotherapy and then going on to raise money for charity.

The awards, which are based on nominations, are open to all ages, with the exception of the children’s awards, which are for under 16s only.

Three people or groups will be shortlisted for each award with the winners revealed at a glittering ceremony at Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 15.

Nominations are open now until August 20.

To enter fill in the form and send it to Pride of Northumberland, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1PN or visit