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Boro Hero Awards


Do you know someone who has gone that extra mile to make a real difference to you or your community? Is there a person who you think deserves recognition for their kindness to others?

Then nominate them now to be one of our ‘Boro Heroes’.

Nominating is quick and easy – you just need to tell us about who you want to nominate and why you think they deserve to be a ‘Boro Hero’.

At the end of each month, Mayor Andy Preston will review all of the nominations, as well considering any other worthy people that he has been made aware of, and then select a 'Boro Hero' for the month. The successful nominees will be invited to meet the Mayor to receive their award.

To nominate your Boro Hero complete the online form.

If you have any queries please email


Darren Daniels

Neighbourhood Safety Officer Darren Daniels went through an agonising four-month wait for news about his own health after saving the life of a known drug user found unconscious in Middlesbrough.

He accidentally pricked his finger on a used needle while helping to resuscitate the man, who subsequently tested positive for Hepatitis-C.

Read more about Darren's story.



Gary Hamilton

Gary Hamilton is from Active Tees Valley, which organises activities for between 1,000 and 1,500 people in East Middlesbrough every week.

Active Tees Valley is responsible for running the Pallister Park centre, the Brambles Farm Community Centre, and Middlebeck Social Club, which is being transformed into the East Middlesbrough Performance Centre.

Read more about Gary's story.



Irene and Freddie McCormick

Irene and Freddie McCormick go litter picking at least three times a week on Middlesbrough's Easterside estate.

In six months, the couple filled a staggering 280 bags of rubbish!

Read more about Irene and Freddie's story.



John Welsh

Middlesbrough Council Area Care Operative John Welsh chased a knife-wielding supermarket raider for over a mile until police arrived.

Throughout the ten-minute pursuit, John kept up a running commentary via a 999 call to Cleveland Police, updating them on the suspect's location, and dodging wild swipes of the blade as the man tried to fend him off with threats to kill.

Read more about John's story.



Boro Walkers

The Boro Walkers Association have picked up October's Boro Hero Award for their tireless fundraising work.

With more than 200 members, and more than 5,000 members of their Facebook page, the Boro Walkers have raised a staggering £170,000 to date.

Read more about the Boro Walkers story.



Bini Araia

Community activist Bini Araia won for his passionate and kind-hearted commitment to improving Middlesbrough, and helping those in need.

His work includes running a martial arts project that supports the integration of refugee children, a community allotment in Albert Park, organising litter picks, and helping new arrivals find their feet, learn English and make a positive contribution.

Read more about Bini's story.

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