Charity champ behind Miles For Men movement up for Pride of Hartlepool award

Michael Day
Michael Day

MEGA fundraiser Michael Day has been nominated for a prestigious Hartlepool award for the second year in a row.

The man behind the Miles For Men movement is once again in the running for a Pride of Hartlepool honour.

Modest Michael reacted by paying tribute to the many people who have supported the event.

“It is fantastic to be nominated and there is a lot of hard work that goes into this,” said Michael. “I want to thank the Hartlepool public and the businesses who have supported what we do.”

Michael won the Fundraiser of the Year awards at last year’s Pride of Hartlepool competition.

He has struck a chord with the people of the town again. He set up Miles for Men in memory of his dad, Michael senior, who died from throat cancer in 2007, aged 67.

Miles for Men raised £40,000 in its first year in Hartlepool. Now, its total looks set to pass £100,000 some time this year.

One of the many nominations for Michael said: “He is a truly inspirational man who, in the space of 15 months, has helped numerous people of all ages with donations and continues to do so, putting his everyday life to one side in preference for others.

“I take my hat of to a man of gritty determination. He is a one of a kind and a diamond geezer.”

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

Ten categories are open for entries and they 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.

Get those names in either by filling in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail today, or by visiting our website at and filling in the online entry form. We will be taking entries until early April. Days later, the judges will scrutinise all the forms to choose the finalists.

And then it all comes down to the finals night. It promises to be another emotionally-charged evening, full of inspirational stories. But first, we need to hear from you.

Get those entries in. And let’s honour the heroes of Hartlepool.