BEST OF WEARSIDE: Sunderland fundraiser nominated for supporting soldiers

Kaye Dixon, who has been nominated for the fundraiser of the year in the Best of Wearside Awards.
Kaye Dixon, who has been nominated for the fundraiser of the year in the Best of Wearside Awards.
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PROUD fund-raiser Kaye Dixon could be in line for an award after amassing £40,000 for charity.

The Silksworth woman has been a staunch supporter of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for nearly five years. Her efforts have been described as fantastic – and they have put her in the running for a Best of Wearside award.

Kaye, 35, has tirelessly held events in honour of Sergeant John Amer, 30, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. He was the brother of one of Kaye’s friends.

It led to Kaye’s sister Lisa nominating her for an award and saying: “Kaye took it upon herself to organise events like charity football matches, bungee jumps, a race night, golf tournaments, and entering running events over the years with her latest event being a charity dinner that was held at the Stadium of Light a few weeks ago.”

But despite all that, Kaye was still stunned when she found out she could be honoured with a title herself.

She said: “It is absolutely fantastic and a bit of a surprise. I think it is more personal because this is a North-East charity which helps soldiers and their families with whatever they need and whatever their financial difficulties.

“I am doing it for other people.”

Kaye has already won one honour. She was selected as an Olympic torch bearer in 2012 and said: “It was a massive surprise and it was something I will never forget.”

Now she’s hoping to achieve another honour and said: “It would be lovely to win.”

The search for more Best of Wearside nominations goes on.

The awards, which are held in association with Gentoo, will culminate in a grand finale at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, November 19.

For now, though, we want you to get in touch with your very own heroes before the closing date for nominations early next month.

•Enter your nominations here