Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Following in Good Footsteps

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Following in Good Footsteps

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Byline: By Helen Rae

Each year a host of kind-hearted people are honoured in the Chronicle's Good Neighbour Awards.

But this time it is extra special as it's our 10th year running the competition.

And, as the nominations start to roll in for the annual search, we decided to take a look at some of the previous winners over the last decade.

Last year teenager Toni Allen and couple David and Gillian Hanson, of Lindisfarne Road, Jarrow, described Christine Boak as the best neighbour.

Judges unanimously voted Christine, 39, as the winner of the Home Group-sponsored award, for the tireless work and care she lavishes on her community.

During her reign as Good Neighbour she has continued to help people in her community.

Christine said: "It was such a surprise to be nominated and I was totally shocked when I won.

"As soon as I got back from the awards ceremony lots of people in the street came to see me. It was wonderful.

"There are many generous people out there and it's great that there's a competition which recognises all the hard and worthwhile work people do for those living around them."

Pensioner Charley Thorley captured the hearts of our readers when he scooped the award two years ago.

Charley, then 80, of Tiverton Avenue, Newcastle, was nominated by his neighbour Skye Zang and a dozen other residents.

He regularly carried out odd jobs for people and put his winnings towards a Christmas party for the youngsters in his street.

In 2003 the winner was kind-hearted Helen Wilson, of Warkworth, after she was seen to devote her time to helping others across the North East ( serving on as many as 11 committees in her village.

And Lydia Brown, then 91, of Blyth, Northumberland, was almost overcome with emotion when she collected her accolade in 2002.

She was nominated for her involvement in the Blyth Valley and Wansbeck Talking Newspapers for the blind, helping to record local news. …

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