Sunderland NHS group is backing our health awards

David Gallagher from the NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.

David Gallagher from the NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.

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A health group has come on board as a backer of the Sunderland Echo Health Awards.

The NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is one of three fantastic supporters so far, in our search to find the health heroes of the Wearside area.

As the organisation responsible for planning and buying NHS healthcare and health services in the city, our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. The Sunderland Echo Health Awards help to showcase the achievements of those people who share our vision

David Gallagher, chief officer of the NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group

The others are City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, with NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group as partner sponsors, and Olivers Dental Studio as category sponsors.

David Gallagher, chief officer of the CCG, explained why it was so important for the organisation to be on board.

He said: “This is our third year of supporting the Sunderland Echo Health Awards in Sunderland, and we’re proud to continue celebrating the hard work and dedication of our local doctors, nurses and health professionals.

“As the organisation responsible for planning and buying NHS healthcare and health services in the city, our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

“The Sunderland Echo Health Awards help to showcase the achievements of those people who share our vision.”

Do you know an unsung hero in the health profession? Is there a nurse, doctor, dentist or carer who works tirelessly and lovingly in their job without ever seeking praise? Then tell us all about the fantastic health professionals from Wearside and East Durham.

Once you submit them for the heroes of health, we’ll report on nominated causes.

That way, they get the recognition they deserve, whether or not they go on to lift a trophy at the end of the competition.

All we need now is for you to highlight the people who have helped you most.

The very best will make it to our grand finals at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on April 14.

Before then, you have plenty of time to nominate with a deadline of March 31.

Make sure our unsung heroes get the limelight they deserve.

To nominate, send your name, address and telephone number, the name of the business or person you wish to nominate, along with their address, telephone number and email (if known) to us.

State which category your nomination applies to (from the list of categories) and provide a description of the reasons for your nomination (no more than 300 words)

Post your nomination to: Nicola Meldrum, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.

Alternatively, email nicola.meldrum@jpress.co.uk or lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk