Taking great pride in all our winners

The Pride of Northumberland Awards being presented at an event held at Alnwick Garden.
The Pride of Northumberland Awards being presented at an event held at Alnwick Garden.

A HANDFUL of entrants from south east Northumberland were among the winners at this year’s Pride of Northumberland Pride Awards.

Organised by Northeast Press, publisher of the News Post Leader, and Metro Radio, the awards celebrate excellence in the community and reward groups and individuals for going above and beyond the call of duty.

A dozen children, grown-ups and groups were given the recognition they deserve at a ceremony held at the Alnwick Garden last Thursday.

Sponsored by Northumberland County Council, Banks Group, NBSL, Gentoo, Berwick Borough Housing, Northumbrian Water, Zodiac Training and Spacecraft, this year’s awards were the third.

The event’s judges had such a difficult task on their hands that they could not separate the nominees for the child of courage award, and all three were declared winners, including Cory Davison.

The seven-year-old, of Blyth, has spent more than a year undergoing gruelling treatment after being diagnosed with a tumour wrapped around his brain stem.

Also a winner was Ethan Kerr, seven, for saving his family from an electrical blaze at their Ashington home.

Rachel Skene and Dan Long were named as fundraisers of the year after collecting nearly £28,000 for charity in memory of their daughter Ellie, who died of meningitis last year at the age of two.

The young couple, of Blyth, have dedicated the last 12 months to raising money after setting up the Princess Ellie’s Trust in memory of their beloved little girl.

Funds raised go to the Meningitis Research Foundation and the paediatric intensive care unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

A passion to help change teenagers’ lives for the better won Caroline Ball the safer community award.

Set up in Ashington, Bad Apples North East is a not-for-profit organisation run by Caroline to engage youngsters aged 13 to 18 in various creative activities outside the standard school curriculum.

Adam Nichol, 16, of Ashington, won the award for students.

The promising young cricket star was instrumental in campaigning to save his home town’s leisure centre, as well as being named the north east’s young apprentice of the year.

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