Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Champions." of Your Community

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Champions." of Your Community

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Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH

YOUR Evening Chronicle can now announce the shortlist for the first ever Community Champions Awards.

In September, we asked you to put forward the selfless souls who make Tyneside a better place to live so we could give them recognition as part of our new awards.

You responded by naming dozens of individuals for the nine categories in the awards - from Champion Child of Courage to Armed Forces Champion.

Our panel had a tough job whittling down the nominations but now we can reveal those who have been short-listed.

The lucky nominees have been invited to a glittering awards ceremony on Thursday, November 22, at the County Thistle Hotel in Newcastle. In our Champion Child of Courage category, sponsored by Northumbrian Water, brave Ashington six-year-old Archie Anderson is in the running.

The schoolboy, who suffers from cerebral palsy, flew to America for a major operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) to correct his legs so he can play out with his friends.

Little Chloe Metcalfe's story also touched our judges hearts. Chloe, seven, from Consett, County Durham, suffers from an extremely rare genetic condition which has left her partially sighted and unable to walk.

Professor Josef Vormoor has been shortlisted in the Champion Health Worker category.

The Chairman of Child Health at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary is involved with the Sir James Spence Institute and has seen the unit become one of Europe's leading centres into research into the treatment of childhood cancers. In the Armed Forces Champion category, sponsored by G4S, Sergeant Dan Henderson, of Gateshead's Ryton, has made the cut.

He saved his colleagues from almost certain death when he spotted a Taliban roadside bomb while serving out in Afghanistan.

In the Community Champion Award, sponsored by Newcastle Institute for Renewal, cancer survivor Joanne Smith is in the running. The mum-of-three set up the Gateshead-based charity FACT (Fighting All Cancers Together). …

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