THERE’S still time for you to have your say on who should be crowned a local hero.
As part of this year’s Pride of Wearside awards, we opened up the Local Hero category to a readers’ vote.
Lines are open until midnight tonight for you to vote on who you think should walk away with the award at Wednesday night’s ceremony at the Stadium of Light.
Competition judges chose three entries from the scores submitted to face the public vote.
Kirsty McGurrell, 23, from Houghton, impressed judges with her dedication to fund-raising.
After her first son Louis was still-born just before his due date, she set up the 4Louis charity in his memory.
It provides keepsake boxes to hospitals for families affected by still birth and contains items such as a clay modelling kit for baby’s hands and feet.
The boxes are now in 23 hospitals across the UK and Kirsty has inspired a number of other spin-off charities for those affected by cot death and miscarriage.
Kirsty, who is mum to Mitchell, nine months, said: “I’m over the moon that we have inspired others to take part in charity too.”
Also short-listed is Sophie McCabe, 10, from Red House.
The quick-thinking Castletown Primary School pupil raised the alarm when mum Helen, 31, fell into a coma, saving her life.
The third option for your vote is the Brothers in Arms group.
Two years ago a band of Wearside families, devastated by the loss of their sons who died while serving their country, started fund-raising for a memorial wall.
Now it stands proud at the War Memorial in Burdon Road as a lasting tribute to the sacrifice servicemen and women have made.
One of the group’s founding members is Carla Cuthbertson, from Tunstall, whose son Nathan, 19, died while serving as a paratrooper in Afghanistan in 2008.
She said: “In my eyes, it’s a shame that everyone who’s played a part in the memorial wall can’t be nominated.”
The other category winners, who were chosen by the judges, which will be announced on Wednesday are: Child of Achievement, Community Champion, Child of Courage, Safer Community, Sporting Achievement, Student of the Year, Community Group, Fund-raiser of the Year, Local Forces Hero and Green Champion.
l See Thursday’s Echo to see who will be named as the Pride of Wearside.
Simply text SEC PRIDE followed by a space then the vote number for your favourite, followed by a space and then your name, plus house name or number and postcode (max 160 characters) and send to 61500.
For example, SEC (space) PRIDE (space) 02 (space) John Smith 1 SR4 9ER – send to 61500.
Texts cost 50p plus standard network rates. This will be charged to your mobile phone bill.
Lines close at midnight tonight.
Entries received after the closing date will not be counted, but may still be charged.
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l Kirsty’s number is 01; Sophie’s is 02 and Brothers in Arms is 03.