In memory of Matthew

Matthew Phillips with his parents Vicki and Rob. (Also pics of his cat to send to him)

Matthew Phillips with his parents Vicki and Rob. (Also pics of his cat to send to him)

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A PRESTIGIOUS award which recognises courageous youngsters has been named in honour of a brave boy who lost his life earlier this year.

Matthew Phillips, five, of Shilbottle, passed away in February this year after battling a brain tumour for four years and undergoing numerous operations and treatments.

He was nominated for the Pride of Northumberland Child of Courage award in the first two events because of the hurdles he overcame and the strength of character he showed despite what he was going through.

And because of the impact the courageous youngster had on the people of Northumberland the accolade is being called the Matthew Phillips Child of Courage award to recognise him and the battles he went through at such a young age.

Mum Vicki said: “I think it is fantastic and it is brilliant that he has had such an impact on people that this award has been renamed to remember him.

“He loved going to the awards and this keeps his memory alive.

“It just sums up the courage that he had. He did go through an awful lot so anyone who wins it really deserves it.”

Organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the Morpeth Herald and sister papers the Northumberland Gazette and News Post Leader and Tweeddale Press’ Berwick Advertiser, the Pride of Northumberland awards pay tribute to the courage, bravery, determination and dedication of the unsung heroes of the county.

Now in their third year they have become a huge success and give everyone a chance to shine.

There are nine categories from which to choose – Child of Courage, Child of Achievement, Role Model, Safer Community, Community Champion, Community Group, Green Champion, Fund-raiser of the Year and Sporting Achievement.

Maybe someone you know has succeeded against the odds, or kept your community safe and free of trouble. Whoever it may be, make sure you enter them to get the reward they deserve.

The categories are open to all ages, with the exception of the children’s awards which are for under 16s.

Three people or groups will be shortlisted for each award and invited to a glittering ceremony at Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 15 where the winners will be revealed.

Nominations are open now until August 20 fill in the form with the details of who you think should win and send it to Pride of Northumberland, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1PN.

You can also enter online at www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk