Tenants hailed as heroes

TOP TENANTS: The winners of this year's Cestria Neighbourhood Awards.

TOP TENANTS: The winners of this year's Cestria Neighbourhood Awards.

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A TEENAGE boy who helps disabled people in his community has been hailed a hero neighbour.

Ryan Kendall, 15, of Bournmoor, helps wheelchair users in his area get safely from their homes to the communal room, as well as helping run events such as bingo.

He has been recognised for his hard work at Cestria Community Housing’s annual Neighbourhood Awards.

This year, for the first time, the association used Twitter to provide live updates from the ceremony.

Ryan scooped the Young Person’s Award, and said: “I’m overwhelmed but it’s worth it.”

The Community Group Award had 13 different groups put forward. In the end, judges chose the Bournmoor Steering Group for transforming their local communal room.

The Good Neighbour Award went to David Patterson, who became a hero by fetching shopping and clearing snow for his neighbours last winter.

George Pearson, of Chester-le-Street, won the Getting Involved Award for his work organising activities such as bingo and the residents’ Christmas lunch.

The Outstanding Contribution to the Community award went to Janette Loan, of Sacriston, who set up a community house.

More than a dozen people and groups were also highly commended by the judges.

Cestria community engagement officer Paul Hadden helped organise the event at the Beamish Hall Hotel.

He said: “These awards really highlight all the amazing work that our tenants are involved in and the difference they make.

“They are all truly inspiring and we are so pleased to be able to recognise and celebrate their achievements.”

Customer relationship manager Lisa Coverdale said: “The use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook is being used alongside traditional communication channels such as our tenant newsletter to help us connect with tenants of all ages.”

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