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Hero tenants praised at awards


Published by Craig Downs for Cestria Community Housing in Housing and also in Communities

Cestria’s Good Neighbour Award winners Cestria’s Good Neighbour Award winners

Chester-le-Street social landlord, Cestria Community Housing has recognised and celebrated the kind-hearted and selfless acts carried out by tenants in its annual neighbourhood awards.


Tenants and nominees were invited to this year’s awards, which were held at Durham County Cricket Club, with a total of five awards up for grabs.


Brian and Norma Atkinson of Perkinsville were winners of the Good Neighbour Award for helping their close friend and neighbour, Ella.  Mr and Mrs Atkinson have carried out a variety of tasks from gardening and fetching the newspaper to baking and providing hot meals.  Ella’s husband sadly passed away this year and they have continued to provide support and friendship during this very difficult time.


A dedicated, enthusiastic and committed Owen Pendlington of Wynyard won the Young Persons Award which recognises young people within the community who are often overlooked when it comes to their contribution in building and supporting thriving communities.


Owen, 15, has helped raise over £1,000 for the Sunderland Foundation of Light Kickz project and is setting up a youth forum to benefit the local community.  He has also been involved in a project to help teach older people how to access and use the internet and social media and has been described as an inspiration to the people around him and a positive role model for younger members of the community.


The most popular award which received the most amount of nominations was the Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award which was presented to Ivan Scott of Edmondsley.  Ivan works tirelessly to improve the environment for everybody to enjoy.  He recently started working with young people living in the village to set up the Edmondsley Young Gardeners Club and has transformed an allotment with a vegetable plot and created a pets corner where rabbits, budgies and chickens are kept.  The young gardeners sell the produce that they grow to local people in the village.


Other winners included the Lambourne Community and Residents Association in Bournmoor who won the Community Group Award for transforming their communal room and organising a variety of activities for the local community to enjoy.  They have also raised thousands of pounds for charities such as Cancer Research and Cerebral Palsy.


Cragside tenant, Pam Collison won the Getting Involved Award for her dedication and commitment in helping many disabled groups and organising activities at her local communal room to get all of the community more involved.


David Butler, Chair of Cestria Community Housing, said: “It is very touching to hear all the good news stories and what people within our communities do for others.  They are the unsung heroes of our communities and our neighbourhood awards is a way of recognising the efforts and dedication of our tenants, which has a long lasting impact on the communities they live in. 


“The awards recognise all tenants who have been nominated and I would like to say a big thank you and congratulations to everyone who has been involved.”


Paul Hadden, Community Involvement Officer at Cestria Community Housing, said: “Each year, the awards get more and more popular with some outstanding achievements and successes.  We have some very dedicated, kind-hearted tenants and to recognise them in this way is our way of saying thank you.”


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