Honoured for helping smokers to quit

STARS: Councillor Audrey Laing, chair of the Smokefree County Durham Tobacco Control Alliance (front left) and Councillor Jan Blakey, Vice chairman of Durham County Council, (third right, third row, wearing chains) pictured with the winners of the first Star Performer Awards.
STARS: Councillor Audrey Laing, chair of the Smokefree County Durham Tobacco Control Alliance (front left) and Councillor Jan Blakey, Vice chairman of Durham County Council, (third right, third row, wearing chains) pictured with the winners of the first Star Performer Awards.

DEDICATED advisors who have helped hundreds of people to stop smoking have been honoured for their efforts.

Six organisations were recognised at the County Durham NHS Stop Smoking Service’s first Star Performer Awards.

Staff from Wingate’s Caradoc Surgery, in Front Street, were one of the award recipients.

The newly-launched honours reward the best performing Level 2 stop smoking advisors from GP practices and pharmacies around the county.

More than 120 organisations in County Durham offer support through the stop smoking service but only the highest performing were honoured at the awards.

Caradoc’s staff joined other organisations from locations including Consett, Stanley and Newton Aycliffe.

The awards were handed out by Councillor Jan Blakey, Vice Chairman of Durham County Council, and Councillor Audrey Laing, who represents Peterlee East on the council and is Chair of the Smokefree County Durham Tobacco Control Alliance, which works to reduce the number of people who smoke and reduce the harm caused by tobacco and smoking.

Coun Laing said: “It is a real pleasure to be able to recognise the hard work and commitment of our best performing stop smoking advisors through the Star Performer Awards.

“Advisors have very busy jobs and helping people to stop smoking is just one of their responsibilities so it is particularly commendable that our Star Performers have been so successful in helping people to give up smoking.”

For help to quit, call County Durham NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0800 0113405.