The ultimate tribute has been paid to charity founder David Tinlin after he was posthumously awarded Morpeth’s top civic honour.
The Mayor’s Award for Bravery and Courage, which is presented only in exceptional circumstances, was handed over to Mr Tinlin’s family at a ceremony at Morpeth Town Hall last week.
David would have been very proud of this award, just as his family is for him.Tracy Tinlin
Mr Tinlin overcame decades of alcohol addiction ten years ago and since then devoted his life to helping others battle their drink demons, working as a peer mentor at Escape Family Support, before setting up his own charity Drout in Morpeth in 2013.
He raised thousands of pounds to support his work and other causes, completing runs, bike rides, a parachute jump, abseil and fire and glass walks, and in 2012 he was selected to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay for the London Games.
When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he presented the torch to Morpeth Town Council for the people of the town and right up to his death in March, Mr Tinlin continued working for his charity and raising funds.
Shortly before he died, Mr Tinlin was visited by Morpeth Mayor Nic Best to tell him of his award and to present him with a certificate, but it was kept under wraps until the Civic Awards ceremony last Wednesday.
Coun Best said: “The Mayor’s Award is for bravery or courage and is not automatically awarded every year. In David Tinlin’s case we felt that he had shown superb courage, not only in overcoming the difficulties of his past, but also in contributing to the well-being of others.
“I was pleased to be able to award David a certificate and let him know he had won this honour.”
Mr Tinlin’s sister Tracy said: “David would have been very proud of this award, just as his family is for him. He didn’t live to see how highly he was thought of and to receive it at the ceremony, but he did know about it.
“He was shocked when he was told, but felt very pleased and honoured. It is a great pleasure to collect it on his behalf.”
Civic Awards – pages 8 and 9