Charity champion Jacqui Gettings nominated for Pride of Hartlepool award

(left to right) Luke Smith, Jacqui Gettings, Callum Smith and Zoe Neesam

(left to right) Luke Smith, Jacqui Gettings, Callum Smith and Zoe Neesam

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A CHARITY manager was left stunned after being told she was in the running for a Pride of Hartlepool award.

Jacqui Gettings, the operations manager for Epilepsy Outlook in Hartlepool, has been nominated for the community champion section by a Mail reader who said: “She has a heart of gold.”

Epilepsy Outlook recently teamed up with the Hartlepool Mail to run the Callum’s Dream appeal to raise £5,000 so that Hartlepool youngster Callum Smith, aged two, could have a sensory room in his Laird Road home.

The appeal raised more than £12,000 and Callum, who has spent more than a quarter of his life in hospital and has health problems which include epilepsy, reflux problems, and visual impairment,is now enjoying the completed room.

But Jacqui’s contributions to helping the people of Hartlepool go much further.

Her nomination said: “She is a very special person who works tirelessly to support people who live with epilepsy, their families and carers alike.

“She campaigns continuously on their behalf to make sure that epilepsy services are retained for their benefit and does so much to raise the profile of Epilepsy Outlook in Hartlepool and beyond.

“She is always the first to recognise and promote the role of volunteers and the contribution they make as part of the community.

“She is a great champion of other charities.

“As if that isn’t enough, she promotes epilepsy services through GP surgeries, neurology departments and delivers Epilepsy Awareness Training to teachers, health and social care workers.”

Jacqui said “I can’t believe that someone would take the time to get in touch. It is lovely that someone has taken the time to nominate me. All I am doing is my job but I do try and do it to the 
best of my ability.

“I try to help as many people as I can and I do think a lot about the charity that I work for.”

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

Help us celebrate those who have done their town proud. You have until early April to put forward your favourites.

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