Search on for community’s health superstars

Fiona Maher at Healthworks in Easington Village.
Fiona Maher at Healthworks in Easington Village.
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ENTRIES are flooding in for a host of awards as a centre which is helping to transform a community’s future champions its achievers.

The Healthworks Awards will be presented in February, but work is already well under way as its leaders search for 14 winners.

They have been set up to celebrate the improvement people have made to their own lifestyle, or the help they have given others to turn around their fortunes or discover new activities at the Easington Colliery venue.

Fiona Maher, the centre’s co-ordinator, said: “The nominations are coming in and there are already some really good stories in there.

“We’ve had one about a lady whose life totally changed after she had a stroke and came to us through a GP referral, but stayed on with us independently, and another who has lost three stone, lowered his blood pressure and his cholesterol.

“We’ve got people nominated for the art awards, with one who came to use with health problems but has now also developed her art.

“There’s somebody who volunteers, someone who is older and had never turned on a computer in their life but has now bought their own.

“We’re really humbled by their achievements over the last year and looking forward to the new year and the awards’ night.”

The Paradise Lane centre’s art group is working on plans to create the table decorations for the evening, which will be held at the village’s Social Welfare Centre.

Businesses are also beginning to step forward for the awards, but more supporters are welcome to get involved.

Two extra awards have been added for the second year of the accolades: Yearn to Earn, which is to recognise those who have improved their job prospects, and Active Citizen, which is to reward an adult for their change they have made to their community.

The others are: Good Nutrition; Active Champion; Physical Activity for Most Committed; Mousetrap IT award; Fitkid of the Year; Young Citizen; Top Quitter; Most Creative Member; Age UK Volunteer; Volunteer Progress; Volunteer of the Year and Yearn to Learn.

Nominations need to be in soon, with more information available via the Healthworks Facebook page or the centre itself.

The facility, created in a building which was once part of a pump house, is a partnership project led by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, NHS County Durham and Darlington, Northumbrian Water and Durham County Council.

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