SLIDESHOW: Photos from “amazing” Best of Health event

CHARITY bosses have hailed the “amazing” Best of Health awards for the way they recognise deserving causes.

Representatives of the Cleveland Fire Support Network were at the awards evening held at the Hardwick Hall Hotel, in Sedgefield.

Award winners and guests at the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health Awards event.

Award winners and guests at the Hartlepool Mail Best of Health Awards event.

Among them was chief executive Heather Whyman who said: “The event, as always, was amazing, thoroughly enjoyable and a pleasure to be part of.

“Very deserving individuals were recognised for their contributions to the health and wellbeing of local people in Hartlepool.”

The event helped to raise money for the charity which is one of the awards backers along with NHS Hartlepool, the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, IntraHealth, and Seneca Homes.

She said it was “of great importance to our charity that the wellbeing of our volunteers is priority, hence our continued involvement year in and year out with the Hartlepool Health Awards.”

The network works in partnership with Cleveland Fire Brigade. As well as reducing the risk of domestic house fires, the charity also runs an After Fire Service which supports families and individuals affected by domestic fire.

It helps them rebuild their lives and, where needed, replenish or replace lost or damaged items.

It also provides a free training programme called Heart Start to groups, schools, colleges and other charitable organisations.

It teachers the basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills.

The awards night raised £485 for the charity.