Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Applauding the Best of Society; AWARDS CEREMONY HONOURS THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR ALL TO COMMUNITY in Association with Your Homes Newcastle

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Applauding the Best of Society; AWARDS CEREMONY HONOURS THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR ALL TO COMMUNITY in Association with Your Homes Newcastle

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Byline: By VICKY ROBSON

DEDICATED to helping the lives of others, these friendly faces are the backbone of our community spirit.

And by going above and beyond the call of duty, they have made the North East proud.

At a special Oscars-style celebration yesterday, Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) and the Evening Chronicle presented the best of the bunch with Good Neighbour Awards and praised the efforts of people who have been an inspiration to those around them.

Our awards highlight people who have dedicated their time to helping others and have made their community a better place to live.

And after months of nominations and deliberations, BBC Radio Newcastle's Kathy Secker was on hand to present the YHN prizes at the Centre For Life, in Newcastle, at a glitzy awards dinner.

The winner of the Neighbour of the Year Award went to Barbara Cage, 42, of Elswick, who is a community development worker based in Newcastle's West End.

She spent 15 months nursing her nextdoor neighbour, Harry Blair, 63, through cancer until he passed away in February this year.

Barbara was nominated by friend Joseph Pollock for her work with disadvantaged people and to highlight how she has helped the community around her.

She said: "I'm absolutely gobsmacked that I have won. I'm really shocked and I think that Harry would be really proud of me.

"It's been a fantastic day and I get tears in my eyes when I think of him watching over me and that I cared for him. We did everything together.

"But I think there are so many people who give their time and energy and don't get the recognition they deserve.

"So I think the award has to be accepted on behalf of all the other people who do the things that I do every day."

Grandmother-of-four Roberta Davidson, 50, of Byker, won the Contribution to the Community Award for her work with children. She was nominated by YHN's Stacey Davidson.

Roberta said: "I was trying to fight the tears back when they called my name. It's just such an honour to have been nominated and it's so lovely that they thought of me in that way.

"They are one in a million and I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart. …

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