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Criteria and Award Categories

Do you know of someone who always goes the extra mile? Someone who is out and about in their local community, always ready to help their neighbours, their friends, their town? Someone who is exceptional, either in their job, or in a voluntary capacity, and deserves recognition as a Hartlepool Hero?


If Covid has taught us anything it is that community is everything and during the difficult times we need each other more than ever. Throughout the pandemic people across Hartlepool made the difference every day – whether through working on the front line in health and social care, transport, education, emergency services, essential retail and local service provision, or by volunteering locally to make sure that vulnerable people shielding from the virus still got their shopping done, their prescriptions picked up and that there was someone to talk to.


But it didn’t all come to end as restrictions were lifted and the vaccine was rolled out. In keeping with the marvellous community spirit that is Hartlepool, every day people are doing a little – or even a lot – more than they need to, just to make things better.

Hartlepool Heroes is being organised by the PFC Trust, supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, Hartlepool Life and Jill Mortimer MP.


Awards Criteria

  1. Community Champion – the person who stands up to be counted in supporting their community in any number of ways – running a neighbourhood watch scheme, helping to provide local play facilities, getting things done.

  2. Sports Initiative – a coach of your local team perhaps, or someone who set up a socially distanced sporting activity to take us through the lockdowns, or someone who has helped you tackle a health problem (mental or physical) through finding a love of a sporting activity from yoga to karate, running to dancing or anything in between.

  3. Volunteer of the year – someone who will always put their hand up to help out, be it through doing litter picks, a WI member, a parish council member, anybody who will always volunteer to help.

  4. Carer of the year – that person who selflessly cares for others – it could be through their job or it could be as a carer for a friend or neighbour or family member. 

  5. Young Adult Carer of the Year - Someone aged 18 or older, maybe as an apprentice in a care home or someone who looks after a parent or grandparent in between going to, college or work.

  6. Young Carer of the year – somebody under the age of 18 who cares for others, maybe as an apprentice in a care home or someone who looks after a parent or grandparent in between going to school, college or work.

  7. Green Community Champion – someone involved in protecting the environment and preserving it for future generations, tree planting, litter picking, beach tidying, campaigning for greater awareness of ‘green’ issues.

  8. Healthcare Hero – a doctor, nurse, paramedic, anybody involved in providing healthcare in our town who has shown extra kindness, worked longer hours than required or been outstanding in any other area which has made a difference to you or yours.

  9. Teacher of the Year – we all remember a special teacher from our own school days, who helped us develop a love of learning and made our school days memorable for the right reasons – who are those special teachers of today?

  10. Lifetime Achievement – there are people out there who have been around in Hartlepool making a difference for years – and we want to know who they are and what differences they have made

  11. People’s Choice – this is your chance to nominate anybody you know who you think is a Hartlepool Hero – for any reason, it could be they do a whole range of things from the other categories – those extra special people. The shortlisted candidates will be publicised online with voting taking place right up until the evening of the event.

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