For the first time we’re heading to the North East to honour some incredible people whose actions have touched the lives of those around them. So, here’s where we need your help. We’re looking for the untold stories in your area, we want to hear about those who’ve shown an act of incredible courage or have battled against the odds to succeed.
Perhaps they are seen as a beacon in their community or they spend their free time fundraising or helping others. Whatever their story, we want to hear about it. We’re searching for inspirational people from all walks of life with just one thing in common – that their achievements inspire us and make their community a better place to live in.
Our partners TSB go out of their way to serve local customers and local businesses and to help fuel local economies. So the creation of another regional Pride of Britain ceremony is the next step in our celebration of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. We already know that the North East is full of incredible people.
Who remembers the fabulous Bee Lady of Hull? Jean Bishop started fundraising for Age UK Hull after her husband died and initially rented a costume from the charity to attract attention while carrying a tin at shopping centres in the city. Her daughter later made a costume for her out of three hula-hoops and material bought from a charity shop. Jean has already raised over £110,000 and at the grand age of 93 she shows no signs of slowing down!
Trapped in wet sand, with the tide rising around him, teenager Neil Robson was minutes from drowning when Hartlepool RNLI and Coastguard volunteers risked their lives to save him. If it wasn’t for the bravery of the volunteers, he would have drowned during the 75 minute ordeal. The Hartlepool RNLI crew were first on the scene in their Inshore Lifeboat driven by helmswoman Clare Gibbin. Despite the risk of being trapped in the sand themselves, five crew members entered the water to free Neil. With just minutes to spare before the water would have covered Neil’s face, the teams asked firefighters who had now arrived at the scene as well, to use their engine’s jets to loosen the sand around Neil. Neil, who escaped with mild hypothermia, cuts and bruises, says: “The RNLI and Coastguard did an amazing job. I’m very grateful for what they did for me under terrifying circumstances.
So, do you know amazing people like this? They could be six or 106, heroism has no age barrier, they could have saved one life or changed the world. Winners will be chosen by the Pride of North East judging panel from a shortlist produced by the research team, who will consider every public nomination received. The winners will be honoured in front of a star-studded audience at the glittering awards dinner at the Banqueting Hall, Civic Centre, Newcastle in May. They will also go forward to the judging process for the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, which are screened on ITV in the Autumn. T
To nominate visit www.prideofbritain.com/northeast and select the category that best fits your story. Don’t worry if you’re not sure - some nominees may fit in more than one category, so the Pride of North East team will make sure all nominations are considered for the most appropriate award.
We look forward to hearing your stories.