Health Awards compere can’t wait for big night

Best of Health Awards host Alan Wright
Best of Health Awards host Alan Wright

AN important date is looming for those in the medical profession.

The Hartlepool Mail’s Best of Health Awards 2012 will be held at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield, on Thursday June 21 and if last year’s summer event is anything to go by it will be another exceptional evening.

Admiration and appreciation are the main ingredients of the night in which the Mail pays tribute to those unsung heroes of the profession who go that extra mile to care for others.

The awards ceremony will again by compered by acclaimed after-dinner speaker Alan Wright who clears his diary to ensure he is available for the night.

The sought-after speaker regularly speaks at home and abroad at high-profile functions but admits the Mail’s Best of Health Awards are as important to him as any of the glittering functions he attends.

Alan said: “I definitely get the best view in the house when I see an award winner walking towards me on stage to receive their trophy from one of our splendid sponsors.

“What never fails to amaze me is the fact that these wonderful people always look startled to be recognised for the superb work that they do.

“Last year, I remember interviewing one lovely lady on stage who was genuinely bemused that legions of people had thought her to be outstanding.

“‘Why me?’ she whispered, as the music and lights and flashguns filled the room.”

“Just being nominated for a Best of Health Award is a reason for great pride, and winning among that great company is really special.

“The answer to ‘Why me?’ is that the Awards are recognition for so many amazing people who change the lives of thousands and thousands of us in Hartlepool and district.

“And they rightly treasure their time in the spotlight.

“I’ve been in several hospitals, dentists’ surgeries and doctors’ waiting rooms recently where the memento of their award is proudly displayed for all to see.

“At a forthcoming event I’m going to be spoiled rotten compering an event in Knightsbridge alongside some very big names.

“I can tell you, though, that it won’t be anything like as good as seeing this year’s magnificent winners at Hardwick Hall next month.”

Nominations have flooded in since the Mail launched the awards a fortnight ago but there is still time for you, our readers to put forward those people who have made a huge difference to their lives or those of their families.

The dozen categories cover every aspect of health care and take in doctors, nurses, GP and dental practices, opticians, hospital teams, community and voluntary workers.

They also honour those with long and distinguished service and those just starting out in the profession with a category for apprentice/student of the year.

But do hurry, the closing date for nominations is Sunday, June 3.

The awards are being backed by both NHS Hartlepool and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, local health companies IntraHealth and Hart Biologicals as well as Hartlepool College of Further Education, Cleveland Fire Support Network and The Academy at Shotton Hall.

Anyone wanting more information about the awards should contact the Mail’s head of news, Paul Watson, on (01429) 239361 or email

Nominations can also be emailed to Paul but they must include the details required on the nomination forms.

Click to download a nomination form