New landmark for Michael?

Michael Day
Michael Day

A CHARITY founder is hoping to pass another milestone this year as his cause reaches new heights.

Michael Day won the Fundraiser of the Year awards at last year’s Pride of Hartlepool competition.

It was recognition for his work in setting up Miles for Men in memory of his dad, Michael senior, who died from throat cancer in 2007, aged 67.

Miles for Men is a three-mile run which raised £40,000 in its first year in Hartlepool.

Since then, it has been held again in the town and spread to become an attraction in Newcastle and Liverpool as well.

Michael said: “The grand total raised is £84,500 and we are hoping to crack £100,000.

“We have opened a few eyes and we just keep growing slowly but surely. The people of Hartlepool and the support we have had has been incredible.

“This is an amazing town with incredible people.”

Michael won an honour in last year’s Pride of Hartlepool competition. Could you follow in his footsteps?

Once again, we aim celebrate the town’s unsung heroes.

We are calling on our readers to nominate that special person or people who have done something that you believe deserves recognition.

Ten categories are open for entries and they are Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Child of Courage; Local Hero; Green Champion; Emergency Services and Young Performer of the Year.

You have until early March to put forward your favourites and we want to make this a record year for entry numbers – but we can only do that with your help.

Get those names in either by filling in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail today, or by visiting our website at and filling in the online entry form.

We will be taking entries until Friday, March 7.

Days later, the judges will scrutinise all the forms to choose the finalists.

And then it all comes down to the finals night towards the end of March. It promises to be another emotionally-charged evening, full of inspirational stories. But first, we need to hear from you.

Get those entries in. And let’s honour the true heroes of Hartlepool.