The courage to carry on

Ian Richardson with his daughter Ava
Ian Richardson with his daughter Ava

DOTING dad Ian Richardson is the epitome of courage.

Just five months ago his wife and six-year-old daughter were killed in a terrible motorway tragedy.

He and three-month-old daughter Ava somehow survived the crash and it is their special bond that is helping him cope with the aftermath of the tragedy.

Ian, who was left barely able to walk following the incident five months ago simply says of his beloved child: “She is the reason I get up every day.”

We recently featured his amazing story and two people, moved by his remarkable dedication, have contacted us to nominate the 38-year-old businessman in the Pride Of Hartlepool Awards.

Not only is Ian bringing up Ava, now eight-months-old, he is also co-ordinating a campaign to get more people to sign the organ donors register.

Ian, who lives in Billingham and has a marketing and communications business in Hartlepool, has already encouraged more than 600 people to sign up after they read of his family tragedy.

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

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

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

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

People who go that extra mile are usually the type who do it without any thought of public recognition so it is up to all of their family, friends and colleagues to put them forward.

Details of how to do that are on the nomination form printed below.