Miles for Men champion in running for award

BIG HEARTED: Miles For Men's Kevin Hill with Michael Day and Premier Inn manager John Hughes
BIG HEARTED: Miles For Men's Kevin Hill with Michael Day and Premier Inn manager John Hughes

A CHARITY stalwart was left stunned after hearing he’d been nominated for an award.

Kevin Hill, from the Hartlepool cause Miles for Men, is in the running for the Fundraiser of the Year category of this year’s Best of Hartlepool awards.

The nomination for him praised his “excellent work, time and effort he has contributed to the Miles for Men charity, helping people in their most horrid times who have suffered losing loved ones”.

It also praised him for “putting a smile on kids faces who are really poorly in hospital”.

But Kevin was quick to pass the praise on and said: “It’s not a one-man band.”

He highlighted the excellent work done for years by the charity’s founder Michael Day and said: “He has a heart of gold and he has been doing this for years.”

The nomination hailed Michael and Kevin and said: “They have the biggest hearts ever.”

Michael set up Miles for Men in 2012 after losing his father, Michael senior, to throat cancer in 2007. It started out with a sponsored run to raise money for cancer research and it has become so popular that the fundraising total has reached £130,000, said Kevin.

He admitted: “I do put a lot of hard work into it.”

But he added: “News like this, that I have been nominated, makes me really feel appreciated. It makes me really happy.”

One of the charity’s latest fundraisers was a darts night which attracted top players from Scandinavia, for a charity event in the Supporters Club in Sandringham Road, sponsored by the Premier Inn.

Kevin is one of the early runners in this year’s awards but there’s plenty of time to enter.

This year’s awards will culminate with a grand finale at the Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield on April 30 this year.

But before then, we needs 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, judges will get together to draw up a shortlist.

For now, we want you to inundate us with entries.

•Enter your nominations here