Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Region's Unsung Heroes Are Honoured; Knight to See You - to See You Knight Says Brucie as He Heads Up a List of Celebrities and Local Heroes in Annual Event

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Region's Unsung Heroes Are Honoured; Knight to See You - to See You Knight Says Brucie as He Heads Up a List of Celebrities and Local Heroes in Annual Event

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Byline: EMMA KING

FROM voluntary project workers to resilient leaders, community champions have been recognised for their years of hard work.

Unsung heroes from across the region are to be honoured for their dedication to the community in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.

One deserving Tynesider to be awarded an MBE is pensioner Elsie Dixon for her services to the community in Benwell, Newcastle. The 83-year-old was a founder member of the Cornerstone Project based in Armstrong Road, in Benwell, which was set up by the Anglican and Methodist churches in 1987 to reach out to the most disadvantaged people in society. She worked tirelessly to get it established and help it flourish.

The mam-of-two is involved with St James Church in Benwell and has spent many years fundraising, advising colleagues, organising day trips and regularly providing meals for elderly people.

Mrs Dixon, of Benwell Close, is also part of the Pendower Good Neighbour Project which was set up to enable residents of the Pendower estate to develop the area into an attractive and thriving community where older people, in particular, are supported to remain in the community and where everyone's contributions are valued.

Mrs Dixon, said: "I'm very touched to be receiving an MBE. It was very much a surprise, but obviously a nice one. I feel very proud as there are a lot of other people out there who also deserve to be recognised for the good work they do.

"I have lived in Benwell practically all my life, so it is very important to me. "I lost my husband Douglas 22 years ago and volunteering is what has kept me going."

John Carr, manager of the Cornerstone Project, said: "Elsie is somebody you can always trust and rely on and I'm absolutely delighted she's been awarded an MBE. Nobody deserves it more."

Another unsung hero getting a nod in the list is Sure Start Children's Centre manager Beverley Coombs . …

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