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Local people honoured for going the extra mile

Posted on Tuesday 21 March 2017
All winners with Mayor

Gateshead Award Winners 2017

Gateshead residents were honoured last night in an award ceremony to recognise their contribution to the local community.

The Gateshead Awards take place annually to honour those who dedicate their own time to making the borough a better place to live, work and visit.

From a shortlist of five Nida Muzaffar emerged as Volunteer of the Year having set up three projects which collectively help people from 20 countries. Meanwhile Gateshead Older People’s Assembly were voted Voluntary Organisation of the Year as over the last 12 months they have reduced the number of falls suffered and the cosy crow café now provides fresh meals three days a week.

Special Olympics continued their successful year by winning Sports Club of the Year having already had 48 athletes win 121 medals and two of the clubs footballers represented Newcastle United’s down syndrome football team. This was not the only success for the club as Daniel Boyles was voted Sports Achiever of the Year for securing two silver medals at the Special Olympics Yorkshire & Humberside ten pin bowling competition.

Clare Bewick, Sports Coach of the Year, head coach at Gateshead Synchronised Swimming Club has not only increased the clubs participation in competitions, winning numerous medals, but she has also helped to put Gateshead on the synchro map nationally.

The awards also celebrated the fantastic contribution of young people with Tony Ridley voted Young Achiever of the Year for being a great example to young people despite having been involved with anti-social behaviour when younger, Ben Marrs won Young Carer of the Year for the care he gives to his mother and his involvement with the young carers service. The final sporting award - the Maureen Chaplin Young Sports Achiever of the Year was presented to Isabella Eddy for her achievements at the swimming county championships despite suffering from periobital cellulitis.

Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Allison Ilderton-Thompson, said “I’m incredibly proud to be part of this event. All of the people shortlisted for a Gateshead Award have made a real difference to the lives of others and I would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated. The opportunities and support offered by all of our winners enrich the communities in which they live and help to make Gateshead a better place overall.”

The winners were as follows:

Volunteer of the Year
Nida Muzaffar

Voluntary or Charitable Organisation of Year
Gateshead Older People’s Assembly

Young Achiever of the Year
Tony Ridley

Sports Club of the Year
Special Olympics

Sports Coach of the Year
Clare Bewick

Sports Achiever of the Year
Daniel Boyles

Young Carer of the Year
Ben Marrs

Maureen Chaplin Young Sports Achiever of the Year
Isabella Eddy 

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Mary Laurie, Irene Irwin, James Bird