Public-spirited Mary is just champion

Morpeth's St Christopher's House tenant Irene Bruce (left) is seen with fellow tenant Mary Hill-Irene nominated Mary for a community champion award.'REF 0402152146
Morpeth's St Christopher's House tenant Irene Bruce (left) is seen with fellow tenant Mary Hill-Irene nominated Mary for a community champion award.'REF 0402152146

Good neighbours don’t come much better than sprightly grandmother Mary Hill.

And to recognise her tireless work for others she has been highly commended for a Community Champion award.

The 67-year-old, who lives at St Christopher’s House in Abbey Meadows, Morpeth, was one of more than 600 nominees for Anchor’s Happy Living Awards.

Neighbour Irene Bruce, who made the nomination, said: “Mary is multi-talented and St Christopher’s is the beneficiary.

“Mary prepares a wonderful monthly gazette for all the tenants and chairs our social committee, which organises great events throughout the year to suit all tastes.

“She always helps out at our coffee mornings and is never too busy for a chat, despite being very devoted to her family and not having a lot of free time. There can’t be enough hours in the day for this lovely lady.

“Mary deserves more than an award, she deserves a medal.”

Mrs Hill, who has lived at St Christopher’s House for five years, said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated by Irene.

“It is important to have a good community spirit. I like to help the community, organising trips and activities for St Christopher’s House and the local community to get involved in.”

The awards were launched last year by the country’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. There are six categories – Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.