An eye on the prize – Specsavers sponsors Pride of Hartlepool awards

Ian Walker, store director at Specsavers in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool
Ian Walker, store director at Specsavers in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool

IT promises to be a competition filled with moving stories, of courage and of care.

That was the view of Ian Walker, the store director at Specsavers in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool.

The store is sponsoring the Pride of Hartlepool awards and Mr Walker said: “We are proud to have traded in Hartlepool for 20 years now.

“Over that time we have met many outstanding people and been amazed at their outstanding stories of courage and care. It is therefore our absolute pleasure to 
help recognise some of the amazing people we have in town.”

Mr Walker said Specsavers was “humbled by some of the amazing stories that we hear from our patients on a daily basis. We are proud to be able to help recognise these outstanding people”.

Specsavers joins a great line-up of sponsors which includes Niramax, The Staincliffe Hotel, Specsavers, Gus Robinson Developments Ltd, Huntsman, and Housing Hartlepool.

Ten categories up for grabs in this year’s Pride of Hartlepool competition and we already enjoying a stream of quality entries.

The sections in which we’re expecting strong competition are Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Child of Courage; Local Hero; Green Champion; Emergency Services and Young Performer of the Year.

We are calling on our readers to nominate that special person or people who have done something that you believe deserves recognition.

Many you have already put names forward but we want to hear of more - of stories of great bravery and selflessness.

It could be anyone from 999 heroes to community champions – help us celebrate those who have done their town proud.

You have until early March to put forward your favourites and we want to make this a record year for entry numbers.

But the only way we can do that is with your help, by nominating the people who you think are worthy of recognition.

Fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail today, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online entry form.

You can ensure that the people who make Hartlepool proud are the ones who get the praise they deserve.