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Boro Hero Awards

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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

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Matthew Rowe

For the last four years, Middlesbrough College student, Matthew Rowe, has been a constant presence litter picking in his Trimdon ward community and across the town as a whole.

He has also helped remove fly-tipping and contributed to the local environment in other ways such as planting trees.

Read more about Matthew's story.


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Bryan Stokell

Bus Station security guard, Bryan Stokell, saved the life of a commuter three times in his first week in the job. The gentleman who collapsed had suffered three cardiac arrests, a heart attack, and a stroke.

The Great North East Air Ambulance response team congratulated Bryan in a letter which read: "Without Bryan's actions it is likely that this episode would have had a very different outcome, and the gentleman would likely have died."

Read more about Bryan's story.


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Helen Daggett

Helen Daggett is the administrator of Freebies Teesside (& Surrounding Areas) which offers local people the opportunity to "freecycle" (give away) their unwanted goods, and which in the last 12 months has stepped up to offer help, support, and guidance to the most vulnerable in society during the pandemic.

Helen voluntarily arranged and prepared food hampers and meals for struggling families throughout the year and at Christmas helped create around 200 food and toy hampers for local people.

Read more about Helen's story.


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Alisha Sadiq

During the pandemic, Alisha, with help from mam Rabeener, prepared care packages for care home residents across Teesside.

Before long they had prepared and delivered 10,000 packages which included a mixture of items to help the fight against COVID-19, like hand sanitiser and masks, as well as general care items.

Read more about Alisha's story.


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Idrees Rashid

Idrees is the driving force behind CVMF Radio, which gives a voice for people of Middlesbrough's diverse communities and has built a loyal and engaged audience base since its launch more than a decade ago.

More recently Idrees has also been involved in Middlesbrough's response to the COVID-19 pandemic by promoting public health messages in communities across the town.

Read more about Idrees' story.


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Nicola Debnath-Warren

Caring Nicola Debnath-Warren brought Christmas joy to hundreds of families while raising money for her terminally ill friend.

Making Santa visits to families around Middlesbrough, they called at people's homes in an illuminated campervan to drop off presents and pose for socially-distanced photos with excited children.

Read more about Nicola's story.


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John O'Brien

John O'Brien's selfless efforts to support his community have seen him delivering hot meals to those in need throughout the coronavirus lockdown and beyond.

Since March, he's delivered 1,200-plus meals, as well as distributing around 600 food parcels to those in need.

Read more about John's story.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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