Spotlight on sponsorship

THE Hartlepool Mail’s Best of Health Awards 2011 are being backed by some major players across a variety of sectors.

The Mail is teaming up with NHS bosses and a variety of sponsors to honour the unsung heroes who work in Hartlepool’s healthcare sector.

Nominations can be made by the public, patients, colleagues and relatives but they must be with us by Sunday May 15.

The awards will culminate in a black-tie summer presentation evening at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield, on June 22.

Heather Whyman, chief executive for Cleveland Fire Support Network, said: “Our network is a highly rewarding service which makes a real difference to the lives of local people and the wider community.

“Partnership working is really important to our organisation. Through new partnerships we will continue to strive forward and develop new areas of work for the future development of the charity and the volunteers.

“One of many areas I am extremely proud of is our After Fire Support. It offers both practical and emotional support to families and or individuals affected by domestic house fires.

“It is such a traumatic event that any help we are able to provide is done in a sincere, caring manner, which fits the needs of the individual. Volunteers are given on-going training in which they develop skills able to meet the needs of the individual.

“Cleveland Fire Support Network is honoured to be able to be involved in such a wonderful event, highlighting the great work done by our health professionals across the region.

David Anderson, medical director of NHS healthcare provider IntraHealth, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support this year’s Best of Health Awards and in particular the category of Carer of the Year. As an organisation we have worked hard to include and involve our patients and their carers and value their significant contribution to the work we all do.

“Our practices in the area work hard to support and integrate with the local community and we know how important carers are to our work in primary care.

“We are particularly proud of the excellent relationships we have with various carer organisations in the Hartlepool and Peterlee areas and were delighted to be able to sponsor the award and ultimately pay tribute to all carers.”

Alby Pattison, managing director of Hart Biologicals, based on the Rivergreen Business Centre, Queens Meadow, Hartlepool, said: “As a Hartlepool-based company who provide oral anti-coagulation monitoring products in to hospital outpatient and health centre and GP practices, Hart Biologicals recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the staff of GP practices around the country in a changing society, where more and more reliance is being placed on primary care services.

“Hart Biologicals is proud to sponsor the GP Practice of the Year award at the 2011 awards ceremony, an award that will recognise the exceptional performance of GP practices in Hartlepool.”

Darren Hankey, assistant principal at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “Hartlepool College is delighted to be associated with the Mail’s Health Awards.

“Our Health and Care provision has seen growth over the last five years and the continued commitment to working with the local community and employers has seen new curriculum areas developed including counselling and mental health.

“The Best of Health Awards is a superb way of allowing the community to show their appreciation for the unsung heroes.”

Anyone wanting more information about the awards, or any companies wanting to get involved, should contact the Mail’s head of news, Paul Watson, on (01429) 239361 or email