Charity chief says thanks for £2,000 boost

Awards compere Alan Wright and Mail editor Joy Yates (centre) present Cleveland Fire Support Network chief executive Heather Whyman with the cheque for �2,000

Awards compere Alan Wright and Mail editor Joy Yates (centre) present Cleveland Fire Support Network chief executive Heather Whyman with the cheque for �2,000

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A CHARITY chief executive has sent a massive thank you to the Mail and the medical profession.

Cleveland Fire Support Network picked up £2,000 at the Mail’s Best of Health Awards with more than a third of the money being raised on the night with a hotel break prize raffle.

Almost £800 was raised from those attending the black-tie dinner and the Mail made it up to £2,000.

Cleveland Fire Support Network is a registered charity and its volunteers work closely with Cleveland Fire Brigade to promote fire safety awareness and community engagement.

One of its key services is its after fire support programme which offers both practical and emotional support to those affected by domestic fire.

The after fire support programme has helped several families since it began in 2009 and through donations the network can provide replacement items when needed.

Network chief executive Heather Whyman said: “It is an amazing amount of money to be given on what was an amazing night.

“We are extremely grateful for the donation which will be a massive boost to us.

“The cheque rounded off what was an exceptional night steeped in emotion, pride, respect and admiration. The health awards are a brilliant way to honour the true unsung heroes of the medical profession in Hartlepool.

“Everyone will have very fond memories of the evening whether they were actual winners or there to support and encourage those who had been shortlisted.”

At the event at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield, awards were given in 10 categories with three special recognition awards handed out. Full coverage of the night was featured in a commemorative supplement packed with pictures.

The categories covered every aspect of healthcare including doctors, nurses, GP and dental practices, opticians, hospital teams, community workers, carers and those with long service.

Almost 240 healthcare workers, friends, family and guests attended last week’s ballroom event compered by acclaimed after-dinner speaker Alan Wright.