WHO’S ON SHORTLIST FOR THE

BEST OF WEARSIDE?

Sunderland Echo - - Front Page - By Chris Cord­ner chris.cord­ner@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @CCord­nerjp`

A fan­tas­tic shortlist of con­tenders has been re­vealed for this year’s Best of Wearside Awards.

Here are the su­perb com­mu­nity he­roes who are still in the run­ning to pick up hon­ours in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

They in­clude fan­tas­tic fund-rais­ers, su­per sports­peo­ple and com­mu­nity groups who do fan­tas­tic work in their neigh­bour­hoods.

The panel of judges has drawn up this year’s shortlist of con­tenders.

All of them have been in­vited to the fi­nal, which will be held at the Sta­dium of Light on Thurs­day, March 15, where they will find out if they have won.

That means they have just two days to go to find out if they will be lift­ing a well-de­served tro­phy.

But the mes­sage from the judges to all of this year’s con­tenders is ‘you are do­ing won­der­ful things in your neigh­bour­hoods. You are all win­ners whether you pick up an award on Thurs­day night or not’.

It prom­ises to be a won­der­ful evening of cel­e­bra­tion and our re­port­ing team will be there to fol­low all the ac­tion – and to re­veal all of the win­ners.

Thanks go as al­ways to our won­der­ful spon­sors for help­ing to make the event a suc­cess.

This year, they are Gen­too, Stage­coach in Sun­der­land, Cal­sonic Kan­sei, Van­tec, Riverview Leisure Park and Sun­der­land’s Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict.

Fol­low the evening’s ac­tion on so­cial me­dia as well as on the Sun­der­land Echo web­site.

And once the event is over, you can find out how it all went thanks to a sup­ple­ment in the Sun­der­land Echo on Wed­nes­day, March 21.

It will in­clude more pho­to­graphs as well as in­ter­views with all of our win­ners – plus a roundup of all the high­lights of the Best of Wearside Awards night.

In the mean­time, here are the short­listed con­tenders – and good luck to every­one!

LO­CAL HERO.

Blue Watch, Mar­ley Park fire sta­tion. Vi­o­let Atkin­son. Green Watch, Far­ring­don fire sta­tion.

GREEN CHAM­PION.

Ca­role At­twell. The Gal­leries. Adam Law­son.

FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR.

Julie Reay. Roger Mor­ri­son. Phoebe Hed­ley. Scott Baker.

VOL­UN­TEER OF THE YEAR.

Hap­pier Days For Strays. In­clude in Autism. Jeff Sulkiewicz.

SPORT­ING ACHIEVE­MENT.

Josh Wad­dell. Luke Robin­son. Scott Baker.

COM­MU­NITY GROUP.

Hope 4 kids. Box Youth Project. Ful­well Li­brary. Pen­ny­well Youth Project. Cuckoo song­writ­ers group. Gate­way stars and mini stars.

COM­MU­NITY CHAM­PION.

Rose Blake. Matt Har­ris. Karen Wood. Julie Jud­son.

CHILD OF ACHIEVE­MENT.

Tah­nee Kelly. El­lie White. So­phie Louise Bul­mer. Shan­ice David­son. Bethany El­liott. Child Of Courage. Chloe Gray. Lu­cas Wilkin. Mil­lie Foun­tain. Hay­den Gray. Josie King. Eden Wilde. Hunter Maskell. Anya Clark­son- McKenna. Theo Schofield. Sam Ste­wart. Theo Dawes.

The win­ners of the Mak’em Smile Award and Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion cat­e­gory will be re­vealed on the night.

The 2017 win­ners. Their suc­ces­sors will be re­vealed this week.

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