More winners from the Morpeth Civic Awards

Simon Foley with Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard. Picture by Bob Robertson.

Simon Foley with Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard. Picture by Bob Robertson.

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Morpeth Town Council presented the Civic Awards during its Annual Assembly to recognise people, businesses and community groups who have worked to enhance the area.

Townsperson of Morpeth (sponsored by Morpeth Town Council) – winner Katie Harrison

Katie Harrison with Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard. Picture by Bob Robertson.

Katie Harrison with Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard. Picture by Bob Robertson.

Katie is a Sergeant in the RAF Cadets, Morpeth 404 Squadron, which she joined in 2012 and she now trains younger cadets in first aid and academic training in aviation.

She volunteers at the Pegasus Riding Centre, which she started in 2013 for the Bronze DoE Award. In 2014, Katie started volunteering at the Cancer Research shop in the town as part of her Silver DoE Award.

The 17-year-old has also continued to volunteer for both while volunteering to assist in the school art department and working for a gold DoE Award.

The other nominees were Ruhi Akhtar and Paul New.

Katie Cook with Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard. Picture by Bob Robertson.

Katie Cook with Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard. Picture by Bob Robertson.

Young Townsperson Award (sponsored by Morpeth Town Council) – winner Katie Cook

Katie is profoundly deaf. She wears a hearing aid and has a cochlear implant.

The 15-year-old attends King Edward VI School and with help and support she is achieving well. She loves swimming and trains with Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club and she teaches the younger members of the club to improve their swimming techniques.

Last year, she was nominated for the NPFA Silver Salver Sportability award, which she won. She completed her Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) Award Bronze last year and is now doing Silver as a member of the Explorer Scouts.

Leisure and Culture Award (sponsored by Rutherfords of Morpeth) – winner Simon Foley

Simon is the chairman of Hunter Memorial Homes, the Music Society and a talking newspaper. For a long period, he was involved in the running of the Citizens Advice Bureau and served as a caseworker.

He has previously been the president of the Rotary Club of Morpeth and is still an on-going active member.

Simon is also an energetic committee member of the Mid Northumberland U3A and a leader of various activities.