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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.

They will also be invited to attend the prestigious Civic Community Awards in April 2020 where they will be included within the shortlist of all of the monthly ‘Boro Hero’ winners to win the overall ‘Boro Hero of the year’.

To nominate your Boro Hero complete the online form.

If you have any queries please email

December 2019 - 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.


November 2019 - 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.


October 2019 - 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.


September 2019 - 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.