Four County Durham residents including a prolific fundraiser from Newton Aycliffe have been recognised for outstanding service to their communities.
Newtonian Brian Nichol received Durham County Council’s Chairman’s Medal – the highest honour that the council award to individuals and organisations for outstanding voluntary contributions to the county.
The council’s current Chair, Cllr Joan Nicholson, awarded the medal on behalf of her predecessor Cllr Beaty Bainbridge, who chose the winners soon before she passed away in February.
Brian has dedicated his life to helping the people of Newton Aycliffe.
He has raised thousands of pounds for the Great North Air Ambulance through his charitable fundraising efforts, including setting up his home as a winter wonderland that delighted families for many years.
He has also been an integral part of the Pioneering Care Centre, volunteering as a driver, ensuring that those less able could attend vital appointments.
Now, in his 80s, Brian has been offering his skills as a photographer to people in need who may not be able to afford to capture their special moments.
“It was an honour to be able to present the medals on behalf of my friend Beaty,” said Cllr Nicholson, chair of Durham County Council.
“Thank you and well done to all of the recipients, the awards are so well deserved. It is inspiring to see how these individuals have truly dedicated their time to helping others across the county.”
Lesley Smith, Mike Donne and Ruth Wright were also presented with the Chairman’s medal during the presentations.