Sylvia is real charity champ

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DEDICATED Sylvia Johnson is the latest person to be nominated for a Pride of Hartlepool award.

The long-serving volunteer has helped raise thousands of pounds for good causes by devoting her time to the Hospital Charity Shop in the town’s Murray Street.

But it is not just her fundraising activities that have led to her being nominated for an award.

There are 12 categories covering every aspect of life across the town.

The awards were launched to honour the achievements of people from all walks of life whose dedication and determination lights up the lives of others and make the people of Hartlepool proud.

They can also be ambassadors for the town or people who have put Hartlepool on the map with their amazing achievements.

The nomination form for 78-year-old Sylvia read: “She should be given an honour for her hard work which goes unrewarded. She has been raising money for charity for around 40 years without recognition – her day of pride is well overdue.”

Sylvia fundraises tirelessly with a dedicated band of volunteers and their collective efforts have raised fortunes for good causes.

The group of retired women who volunteer at the shop – known as the Little Green Shop – raise huge amounts selling used clothes and bric-a-brac.

The popular shop – which is an Aladdin’s Cave of goods – is thought to have raised up to a quarter of a million pounds over the years, with the dedicated volunteers donating the cash raised every few months.

Sylvia is the latest in a long list of people who have been nominated in various categories from community champions to sporting greats.

The closing date for nominations is this Friday and a presentation ceremony will be held at Hartlepool College of Further Education, on Thursday, March 24, from 6pm, with winners receiving a trophy and £50.

Hartlepool United club captain Ritchie Humphreys will be at the event in what is a special testimonial year for him.

Nomination forms, like the one printed opposite, can also be downloaded or completed online at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk by following the links.

Anyone wanting more information about the awards should contact Paul Watson on (01429) 239361 or email paul.watson@northeast-press.co.uk.

But hurry, there’s less than a week to make sure the town’s heroes get the credit they deserve.

It is up to family, friends and colleagues to put them forward and today’s your chance to do just that.

But be quick, time is running out for you to celebrate and applaud the proud and dedicated people who make Hartlepool special.