Inspirational teen in nominations call for Best of Hartlepool awards

The Pride of Hartlepool Awards 2014, held at Hardwick Hall. Charmaine Twidale, who won the Community Champion award.
The Pride of Hartlepool Awards 2014, held at Hardwick Hall. Charmaine Twidale, who won the Community Champion award.

INSPIRATIONAL teenager Charmaine Twidale took the Mail’s Best of Hartlepool awards by storm last year with the way she made a difference in her community.

And now, she’s called on the people of the town to nominate their own community heroes for this year’s awards.

The awards night was a really good night and it was very surprising.

Charmaine won the Community Champion category of our competition after the judges heard how she showed pride and passion in her voluntary work.

The nomination also praised Charmaine for “being able to help so many people within the community whilst also flourishing with her studies”.

The then 18-year-old did voluntary work with Brinkburn Youth Centre in Hartlepool and she was also the Resident of the Year last year with VELA.

The nomination from one member of the public added: “She is constantly giving back to the community – she is the only young person on the art committee in Hartlepool and she was a mentor for the Central Correctors for two to three years.”

Now, Charmaine has moved on and is a first year student at York University, studying Fine Art. She hopes to eventually become a self-employed painter and photographer but she still remembers the night she was an award winner.

“It meant a lot to me,” she told the Mail. “People bring it up if I am applying for a job. The awards night was a really good night and it was very surprising.”

Charmaine hopes to continue her love of community work by looking to do a part-time role in York. In the meantime, she encouraged people to enter this year’s Best of Hartlepool competition. This year’s awards will culminate with a grand finale at the Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield on April 30.

But before then, we need lots of entries, and people have plenty of time to put their community heroes forward.

They have until April 10 to come forward with deserving causes in categories, which range from fundraiser of the year to child of courage, and green champion to local hero.

After the deadline passes, a panel of judges will get together to draw up a shortlist.

But that’s well in the future. For now, we want you to inundate us with entries.

You can nominate by either filling in the form on this page, or visiting www.jpne-events.co.uk/hartlepool