A WEARSIDE fund-raiser has won a top award from Diabetes UK in recognition of his efforts.
Deano Franciosy was presented with the Margaret Hunter Award at the charity’s regional Inspire Awards in Durham.
The award is given to someone who the judges consider to be an exceptional volunteer who had gone “above and beyond” for the charity.
Deano, of Concord, Washington, has raised nearly £4,500 this year for Diabetes UK after taking part in events including bag packs in supermarkets and climbing the 112 steps up to Penshaw Monument 48 times in two hours while carrying 20lbs on his back.
He started raising money for the charity in memory of his mother Edna Garner, who had Type 1 diabetes.
She died in 2001 from diabetes complications. Since then, Deano has raised more than £20,000 as a tribute to her for the charity, which cares for and campaigns on behalf of people with diabetes.
Linda Wood, regional manager for Diabetes UK, said: “Deano’s energy and drive for fund-raising knows no bounds. To remember his mum in this way is a wonderful tribute to her.
“As an organisation, we couldn’t do what we do without brilliant and dedicated volunteers like Deano. Thanks to our network of volunteers, we’re helping people with diabetes manage their condition, campaigning to improve the quality of care available to them, funding pioneering research into the condition and working to stem the rising tide of Type 2 diabetes.”
In November, Deano was named Fund-raiser of the Year at the Echo’s Pride of Wearside awards.
He dedicated the award to his late mum. The 44-year-old said: “It’s a real honour. I think she’d have been very proud.”
He is planning another fund-raising Penshaw Monument challenge on his mum’s anniversary, May 28.
He plans to climb up and down for three hours non-stop with a 28lb weight on his back.