Is someone you know a true Hartlepool Hero?
Now is your chance to put them forward for a prestigious award on a special night that will recognise those in the town who always go the extra mile.
The search for Hartlepool Heroes has officially been launched this week by the PFC Trust, a charity based in the town, and is supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, Hartlepool Life and Jill Mortimer MP.
There are 11 awards and the closing date for entries is Friday, June 10. The judging panel will agree on a shortlist of three finalists in each category.
Those finalists will then be invited to an awards ceremony and dinner at the Borough Hall, Headland, on July 7 where the winners will be presented with a Hartlepool Heroes trophy and the PFC Trust will donate to their associated organisation.
PFC Trust chairman Shaun Hope said:
“The PFC Trust has a mission to improve the lives and life chances of the people in Hartlepool.
“We are proud to be a Hartlepool-based charity that helps our wonderful town. We know there is so much amazing work that goes on across Hartlepool and that is a humble place. We aren’t always great at celebrating successes here.
“The Hartlepool Heroes awards aims to do just that. We want to celebrate at our fantastic Borough Hall, which will galvanise the community spirit.
“We have key partners involved, local businesses and the Hartlepool MP. This will be the coming together of key organisations, with the same objective to collaborate and celebrate the bigger objectives of our wonderful town. “
The 11 award categories will find a Community Champion, Sports Initiative, Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Young Adult Carer of the Year, Young Carer of the Year, Green Community Champion, Healthcare Hero, Teacher of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and a People’s Choice winner.
Hartlepool Heroes is looking for those who are out and about in their local community, always ready to help their neighbours, friends and the town. They might be exceptional, either in their job or in a voluntary capacity, and deserve recognition.
Jill Mortimer MP said: “I was delighted to be asked by the PFC Trust to give my support to the Hartlepool Heroes awards, which I do wholeheartedly.
“There are many individuals in our community who have given their time, knowledge and effort into making Hartlepool a better place and it is only fitting that these contributions be acknowledged.
“I very much look forward to being involved in the event in July when we come together to celebrate the very best of Hartlepool.”
Denise McGuckin, Hartlepool Borough Council Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to support Hartlepool Heroes.
“Hartlepool is a truly remarkable place and every day I see people going above and beyond to help out in their local community.
“This is a great opportunity to nominate people who you think are heroes and I would encourage residents to take up the opportunity to do so.”
Nominate your Hartlepool Hero here and the closing date for entries is on Friday, June 10.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
The deadline for all nominations is Friday 10th June