A special award ceremony celebrating local residents who make a positive difference to their communities, has been held in York.

The Good Neighbour Awards, now in its ninth year, is run by Places for People to recognise the inspirational and generous acts of its customers, who go the extra mile to make their neighbourhoods a better place to live.

As one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People asks its customers around the country to nominate their neighbours whose efforts may otherwise be overlooked.

After receiving over 250 nominations, awards were presented to 37 residents for activities such as gardening, collecting shopping, and dog walking, to inviting people for Christmas lunch who would otherwise spend it alone. One winner’s quick-thinking and bravery saved her neighbour from a house fire.

Extraordinary contributions and selfless acts

Presenting the winners with their awards, David Cowans, Group Chief Executive of Places for People said, “It is always an honour to host the Good Neighbour Awards, which allow us to celebrate and say thank you for the extraordinary contributions and selfless acts of people living in our neighbourhoods.

All of the nominees put forward are truly inspirational, dedicating their time and efforts to make a difference to their communities and neighbour’s lives.”

Jackie Trewin from Chichester was one of those recognised at this year’s awards for always being there to lend a helping hand and organising social activities for her neighbours.

Jackie said, “I find it amazing that my neighbours have nominated me for this award. To know that people think so much of me is really humbling. I feel like I only do what anyone else in my position would, and I get a great deal of satisfaction from it.”

Truly inspirational

East Lothian resident Charlie Stewart received his award for walking his neighbour’s dog, whom, without his help, would have had to give up her beloved pet.

Charlie said, “It was such a surprise to be nominated as there’s so many people doing so much good work in this community. Helping others is honestly what gets me out of bed in the mornings.

David Cowans added, "The fact that these individuals don’t realise what they do is special makes them all the more deserving of our appreciation. We are very fortunate to have such wonderful people living in our communities.”

Watch the highlights from the 2018 Good Neighbour Awards.

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