Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Who Makes You Proud? We Launch Campaign to Honour Inspirational Heroes from Region

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Who Makes You Proud? We Launch Campaign to Honour Inspirational Heroes from Region

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Byline: James Moore and Hannah Graham hannah.graham@trinitymirror.com @HannahGraham21

DO you know someone who makes you proud to be from the North East? The Chronicle today launches a new campaign searching for inspirational people from all walks of life, but the one thing they will have in common is that their achievements are awe-inspiring and a lesson to us all.

Nominations are now open for the Pride of North East Awards, in partnership with TSB, which celebrate amazing unsung heroes from all across the region.

Former Pride of Britain winner Tony 'the fridge' Phoenix-Morrison welcomed the launch of the new awards. He said there are inspirational people across the country but The North East goes 'above and beyond.'.

He said: "It is just instilled in us up here. We are bred with it - to help others. To work together, to help our neighbours. There are just so many inspirational people in the North East to make us proud."

Nominations could include someone who is quietly transforming their community to improve the lives of those around them, someone who has put themselves in danger to save someone else, or perhaps a tireless campaigner.

They could be six or 106 - heroism has no age barrier. They might have changed one life, or they might have changed the world.

Winners, chosen by the Pride of North East judging panel, will be honoured in front of a star-studded audience at the glittering Awards dinner at the Banqueting Hall, Civic Centre in May.

They will also go forward to the judging process for the Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, which are screened on ITV in the Autumn.

Since the first Pride of Britain in 1999, royalty, prime ministers, and hundreds of leading figures from showbusiness, sport, politics and the arts have all taken part.

It was in 2014, when Tyneside charity champion Tony 'The Fridge' took centre stage at the national awards, scooping the Fundraiser of the Year award for his back-breaking efforts for cancer charities.

He caught the attention of the nation with his extreme fundraising challenges, all of which involved running with a 6st 10lbs fridge on his back. …

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