A WOMAN has been rewarded by the national Labour party for her community efforts.
Geraldine Kilgour is a familiar figure on the Fellgate, Hedworth and Calf Close estates in Jarrow and is a governor of St Joseph’s Primary School.
She helped establish the Friends of St Joseph’s, of which she remains vice-chairman.
The 42-year-old is also a local authority governor at Clervaux Nursery in Jarrow, and is a parent governor at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn.
She was the driving force behind a bid to block plans for a care home for people with neurological, learning and physical disabilities on the site of the former Deneside Club at Hedworth.
Although that campaign ultimately failed to stop the complex, Mrs Kilgour believes it brought the local community closer together.
Her efforts were rewarded when she was honoured with a community engagement award at a regional Labour Party event in Bishop Auckland.
Her gong was presented by former party ‘spin doctor’ Alistair Campbell and Iain McNicol, the party’s general secretary.
Mrs Kilgour, who is to stand for Labour in Fellgate and Hedworth at next month’s local elections, said: “I was overwhelmed to receive the award. I was nominated by Audrey Huntely, who I have worked alongside in the community. I had no idea this was coming my way.
“Although I now live in the Primrose ward, I grew up in Fellgate and Hedworth and I have so many family friends both there and in Calf Close.
“I believe that your community is at the core of everything.”