THANK you 300 times.
That’s how many of you submitted entries for this year’s Best of Health Awards.
And thanks to your help, our judges now have to sift through around 150 nominations.
It has been a massive response from the Hartlepool Mail’s readers and online followers for turning our search for health heroes into an unprecedented success.
From doctors to midwives and GPs to carers, we have had worthy causes across the board.
The deadline for nominations has now passed and we now move on to the next stage of the competition.
The difficult task of choosing the shortlisted candidates goes to the competition judges who will meet next week to pick the best of an already impressive field.
The cream of the candidates will be selected. Then, all the shortlisted entrants will be invited to a finals night to be held at the Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield on Thursday, June 6.
The compere for the evening will be presenter Wayne Allen – the man who expertly hosted the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards earlier this year.
There will be fiercely contested heats in everything from GP Practice of the Year to Long Term Achievement, and from Team of the Year to Midwife.
This year, the awards are being backed by NHS Hartlepool, the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, IntraHealth, Seneca Homes, and the Cleveland Fire Support Network.
In all categories, judges will be looking for evidence of how nominated teams and individuals have consistently delivered high quality patient-centred services and/or examples of demonstrating an excellent attitude towards patients in the Hartlepool area.
For the last month, we have encouraged the public, and colleagues of the health workers, to put forward their favourites.
The wait to find our winners is almost over.
Make sure you follow the Hartlepool Mail in-paper, online and via social media sites for the most up-to-date coverage of the awards in the coming weeks.