Shirley’s a winner at Healthworks awards

Winner Shirley Myers with Echo deputy editor Richard Ord
Winner Shirley Myers with Echo deputy editor Richard Ord
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GRAN Shirley Myers was joined by her proud family last night as she became a winner at a debut awards evening.

The Healthworks Recognition Awards were launched to celebrate those who have made the Easington Colliery centre a huge success, since it opened in 2007.

Shirley, 67, who lives near the Paradise Lane venue, collected the Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by Echo deputy editor Richard Ord at the Glebe Centre, Murton.

The gran-of-six and mum of three daughters, was joined by her loved ones as they enjoyed the evening.

She said she felt “horror” when she found out she had been nominated for the title – one of 12 to be awarded – but it was “lovely” to have won.

Shirley, who helps out Healthworks’s smoothie bar, added: “My family are very proud.”

Other winners included those who have transformed their fitness levels or chances of getting a job through the centre, those with talents in IT and creative activities and those who have made the most of its services to improve their health.

Healthworks is a project between County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbrian Water and Durham County Council.

l Get Friday’s Echo for a full list of winners and more photos.