Grandmother is so proud of Josh

SCHOOLBOY Josh Cooper is the latest entrant in the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool awards.

The eco-conscious teenager is a green champion both at school and in the community.

His grandmother, Rose Hitchen, put him forward for an award because of her sheer pride in him.

Part of her nomination form for 14-year-old Josh read: “He is a very caring boy. Not just about the environment but about people and the town in general. He chairs the Eco Council at High Tunstall College of Science and helped the school achieve a Green Flag Award for its environmental initiatives.”

Josh, from Bishop Cuthbert, also organises meetings for more than 60 students to think of ways to get people involved in environmental issues and helps link schools with businesses to educate pupils on how to promote biodiversity in the local area.

He was honoured for his dedication and commitment at the Pride in Your Neighbourhood Awards which were held in Hartlepool Civic Centre in December.

There are 12 categories in the awards 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 closing date for nominations is tomorrow 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 testimonial year for him.

Nomination forms can be downloaded or completed online at by following the links.

Anyone wanting more information about the awards should contact Paul Watson on (01429) 239361 or email

But hurry, there’s less than 24 hours 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.

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