ACTIVE Anthony Cooke is a true community champion.
The 63-year-old Elwick Village stalwart has been nominated by neighbours for his year-round dedication to helping them.
Nothing is too much trouble for retired Anthony – or Tony as he is known by local residents – who devotes his time to helping others.
Tony, who spent his working life in the sawmills before retiring, now spends his time helping anyone and everyone in the village.
He delivers shopping to the elderly, runs errands, helps with community events, helps at the village shop and even looks after people’s pets while they are holidaying.
Oh, he also puts out and collects wheelie bins for those who struggle to move them.
Just months ago he was honoured in a civic pride ceremony and is now going for a double after being put forward “by half of Elwick Village” for the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards.
Andrew Thomas, Elwick Village Shop and Post Office manager, told the Mail: “Loads of people have been coming in and saying they wanted to nominate Tony.
“He does so much for the village and everyone appreciates what he does.
“He helps out in the shop and it is a point of contact for people wanting to get in touch with him.
“Everyone is behind Tony and we all hope he can win another award.”
The Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards are aimed at those unsung heroes who go that extra mile to help others.
The deadline for nominations is March 5 and a presentation ceremony will be held at Hartlepool College of Further Education at the end of the month.
The awards will recognise and celebrate the achievements of people from all walks of life whose selfless dedication lights up the lives of others and whose actions usually go unnoticed.
There are 12 categories and we are urging you to put forward those special people who you feel deserve to be publicly recognised and honoured.
People who do good deeds for others are usually the type who do it without any thought of public recognition so it is up to all their families, friends and colleagues to put them forward.
Details of how to do that are on the nomination form printed below.
Let’s celebrate and applaud the proud and dedicated people who make Hartlepool special.