Sunderland charity champ wins regional Pride of Britain Award

Kian Armstrong receives his cheque from Julie Reay for Kian's Gift charity, which helps poorly youngsters
Kian Armstrong receives his cheque from Julie Reay for Kian's Gift charity, which helps poorly youngsters
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She’s long been the pride of her home city, now Sunderland mum Julie Reay is in line for national recognition.

The charity champion from Barnes is preparing to head to London later this month to be part of the Pride of Britain Awards.

Julie with Sunderland RNLI

Julie with Sunderland RNLI

Julie earned her place at the prestigious ceremony, which celebrates the cream of the country, after being named as the regional winner of the ITV Fundraiser Award.

Since the death of her son Peter, 13, in a tragic rope swing accident in 2002, Julie has raised more than £150,000 for good causes through the Peter David Lane Trust Fund. Just some of those she has helped are the RNLI, Great North Air Ambulance, Teenage Cancer Trust North East, Wearside Women in Need and Sunderland Royal Hospital.

She has managed to raise the huge amount through countless sponsored football matches, social events, fund-raising runs, walks and Boxing Day Dips.

Speaking about her win, she said: “I can’t stop shaking, but I am absolutely thrilled to bits. Just to be nominated is an honour. I couldn’t have raised this amount without the generosity of the people of Sunderland.”

Julie Reay, centre, with her team from Footprints in the Sand'Sunderland Lions Club annual Boxing Day Dip, Seaburn, Sunderland, 2012

Julie Reay, centre, with her team from Footprints in the Sand'Sunderland Lions Club annual Boxing Day Dip, Seaburn, Sunderland, 2012

Julie will now join unsung heroes from across the country at the Pride of Britain Awards ceremony at Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane on September 28. The national winner of the ITV Fundraiser Award will be announced live on the night of the ceremony, which will be televised in early October on ITV, in a two-hour special.

Peter Willis, awards founder, said: “We’re delighted Julie will join us at the Pride of Britain Awards. It’s going to be a night to remember.”