Known in Morpeth as ‘the lady and her dog,’ the winner of the Role Model Award has contributed massively to her community.
Tricia Rescigno, who turned 70 last month, has overcome the barriers her sight loss could present to get involved with life in Morpeth.
Over the years she has tirelessly fund-raised and spread the word for Guide Dogs, which she has done with great passion and commitment.
Her role as a volunteer speaker means that a generation of children in Morpeth know about ‘the lady and her dog’ and what it’s like not to see.
Tricia is also involved with talking books and MAPS with the same dedication. She makes a contribution to the cultural life of the town with her involvement in things like concerts and she is not afraid to take action and demonstrate against those things she feels are unfair or wrong. And a lot of people don’t even realise she is blind.
Tricia said: “It is totally amazing. Listening to all the other people nominated, they have all accomplished so much.
“I can’t tell you how I feel.
“I am totally shocked. You just do what you do but you never think you will get an award for it.
“I do it because I thoroughly enjoy each and every thing that I do.”
Also shortlisted were Laura Gray, 29, from Cramlington, whose daughter is tube-fed and in a wheelchair but has also helped others after going through such a traumatic experience; Nicole Blackburn, 16, from Ashington, who has taken advantage of working with disabled children and helping others, and Sarah Louise Brooks, 19, from Lesbury, who has DE-George Syndrome but has managed to achieve grades at Kirkley Hall and carries out voluntary work at the Pegasus Centre.