Wearside community champion Jean feels proud to serve estate

BEST OF WEARSIDE ...Jean Burham, nominated for community champion. On a Voluntary basis she supports Town End events.
BEST OF WEARSIDE ...Jean Burham, nominated for community champion. On a Voluntary basis she supports Town End events.
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A Sunderland pensioner who strives to keep the community spirit alive on her estate said she feels proud to be doing something worthwhile.

Jean Bramham has spent years working to make a positive difference to the lives of people living in Town End Farm.

Jean Bramham has been nominated for a Best of Wearside Award.

Jean Bramham has been nominated for a Best of Wearside Award.

Now the 79-year-old has been put forward for a Best of Wearside Award recognising her devotion to her neighbourhood.

Those who nominated her for the award said: “On a voluntary basis she supports the Town End Farm Residents Association in her role as secretary where she guides and oversees all events. 
“Jean also became involved in PTA at Town End Farm school and is also a governor of the school.

“Alongside this she also actively works with Gentoo to benefit the community.
“The award would be a fitting tribute to honour Jean who finds time to devote her energy for the good of the residents of Town End Farm.”

Jean, who has lived in Bognor Street for 52 years, said is was nice to be nominated for the award, but stressed that she couldn’t do what she does without the support of the community and the team.

Jean Bramham has been nominated for a Best of Wearside Award.

Jean Bramham has been nominated for a Best of Wearside Award.

She said: “There was a time when there wasn’t much on the estate for residents, so we started up the association and put on events for the community to enjoy.

“There are around 15 members on the committee and we hold a carnival every year as well as events such as a craft group and a bingo group.
“I think as a residents association we are respected by the community and we couldn’t do it without their support.

“We do what we do to keep up the community spirit and I think that’s what we have done.

“It makes me feel proud that people have recognised that, as it’s always nice he have someone say you have done a good job.”

Jean Bramham has been nominated for a Best of Wearside Award.

Jean Bramham has been nominated for a Best of Wearside Award.

The Best of Wearside Awards 2016 are now well underway and we are looking for outstanding members of the community to be put forward for the honour.

Categories include Green Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Local Hero; Child of Achievement; and Child of Courage.

This year’s sponsors are Calsonic Kansei, Gentoo, Vantec, Station Taxis, Sunderland City Council Fostering and Adoption Service, JB Skills Training, TWR, and Sunderland Live, who will be sponsoring a range of categories.

To nominate, just send your name, address and telephone number, as well as your email address, if applicable.

Remember to include the category you are putting your nominated cause into.

Send the name of the person you wish to nominate, along with their address, telephone number and email, to Lynn Wild by 5pm on Friday, December 30, 2016.

Entries should sent by email to: lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk or posted to: Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.