A SINGING double act were “massively shocked” after being told they were nominated for a prestigious Pride of Hartlepool award.
Kate Williams, 24, and Paul Hart, 29, told of their delight after hearing they’d been put in the running for the Local Hero category of our popular annual competition.
It’s all in recognition of the excellent work they did to back the Bradley Lowery Fund
The pair wrote, performed and produced a hit called Christmas Lullaby to raise money for two-year-old Bradley Lowery, who is battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
Their efforts won them praise and a Pride nomination from Ian McManus who runs the Red Dreams organisation which Kate works for and Paul volunteers at.
Ian said: “I believe they are local heroes because of the amount of time they put into the song for Bradley Lowery.
“Kate and Paul’s enthusiasm, as well as the song, inspired the community to support Bradley. Kate and Paul would never see themselves as heroes. They would say they are just two people who decided to make a difference.”
Paul, from Greatham, said: “It is amazing to be nominated. I never expected it at all. Paul, who is a shop floor customer assistant for a Hartlepool store, said: “This is really recognition for Bradley and his friends and family.”
Kate, from the Grange Road area of Hartlepool, works on the music tables at Red Dreams. She said her plans for the future included a re-make of Bradley’s song so that it could be re-produced without the Christmas feel.
Paul explained: “Hopefully it will raise more awareness and I am looking forward to it.”
Ian added: “The song was released, and made it to 22 in the iTunes Chart, 62 in the Official UK Chart and 6 in the Official Independent Charts, with over 4500 people downloading it. They raised and continue to raise thousands as they have said that any royalties made will be donated to the fund. More than the money raised was the awareness of Bradley’s plight.”
Ten categories up for grabs in the competition.
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. Make sure you fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online form.