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Boro Hero award for generous sweet shop owner

A photo of Jamie Johnson with Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston

A sweet shop owner who has helped provide Middlesbrough Food Bank with more than a tonne of food has been honoured.

Jamie Johnson who runs JJ’s Sweet Surprise in the Hill Street shopping centre is the latest Boro Hero and has been presented with his award by Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston.

Jamie and his staff have been thanked by the Trussell Trust for donating the equivalent of more than 1,000kg of food – for context that’s the weight of a cow or two grand pianos – between September last year and April.

The business also provided more than 500 Easter Eggs during one donation drive and give sweet treats for children who would otherwise go without.

They also offer their customers the opportunity to make a donation to the food bank and generously nearly half choose to.

Jamie was nominated by members of the public for a Boro Hero award.

Mayor Andy Preston said: “Not only does Jamie run a brilliant business but he makes sure other people are supported. He’s really enterprising in his business and also in the way he cares for others. Jamie is a truly deserving Boro Hero.”

Jamie said: “I just want to say thank you. I don’t know what to say, I don’t do this for awards I do it to make people happy.

“I want to say thank you to our customers too. I think it’s amazing what they do and how they always want to help.”