Round trip to US prompts nomination

Hartlepool Round Table members Allan Wise (left) and Mark Rycraft with Mitchell Spencer
Hartlepool Round Table members Allan Wise (left) and Mark Rycraft with Mitchell Spencer

A GRATEFUL family have nominated generous round-tablers for a prestigious Pride Of Hartlepool award.

Brave 10-year-old Mitchell Spencer had to undergo a life-changing operation in America.

The cerebral palsy sufferer is now back at West Park Primary School after recovering from two bouts of surgery, to help him walk better, at a children’s hospital in Missouri.

The 10-year-old has been missed at the Coniscliffe Road, Hartlepool, school by both his peers and teachers alike.

Mitchell featured regularly in the Mail as his family needed to raise £50,000 to send him to the USA for surgery.

The cost of the four-week American stay was paid for thanks to a fundraising campaign called Get Mitchell To America, which was supported by dozens of people throughout Hartlepool and the North-East.

Part of that came from the Round Table and the money it raised from its annual beer festival in October at the Borough Hall.

The charity’s Hartlepool branch chairman Mark Rycraft said: “It was one of the most successful beer festivals run so far in respect of money raised, and we raised around £15,500.

“We were able to donate £3,500 of that to the Mitchell appeal.”

His mum Deborah, 45, and dad Phil, 43, who live in the West Park area of Hartlepool, have now nominated the kindhearted tablers for the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards.

Deborah said: “They donated a huge amount of money to our appeal and their kindness will stay with is forever. We were lucky enough to meet them on a couple of occasions and were touched by their enthusiasm, friendliness and tireless dedication to helping make the lives of others so much better.”

The Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards are aimed at those unsung heroes who go that extra mile to help others.

The awards will recognise and celebrate the achievements of people from all walks of life whose selfless dedication lights up the lives of others whose actions normally go unnoticed.

There are 12 categories and we are urging you to put forward those special people who you feel deserve to be publicly honoured.

The deadline for nominations is March 5 and a presentation evening will be held at Hartlepool College of Further Education at the end of the month.

Details of how to do that are on the nomination form printed here or can be found via a link on the Mail’s website.

Let’s celebrate and honour those special people that really do make a difference and change lives for the better.