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Pride of South Tyneside nomination for caring pair

UP FOR AWARD ... Cheryl McDonald and her mum Lynne Davis of Community Corner, nominated for Community Group of the Year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2014

UP FOR AWARD ... Cheryl McDonald and her mum Lynne Davis of Community Corner, nominated for Community Group of the Year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2014

A Caring mother and daughter say that all they want to do is make people happy.

Now, someone they’ve helped is hoping to thank Cheryl McDonald and her mum, Lynne Davis, by putting them up for an award.

The pair form a team called Community Corner, and it has been nominated for one of this year’s Pride of South Tyneside Awards.

They have been put forward for the award for community group of the year, sponsored by South Tyneside Homes, by one of their clients, Avis McGovern.

The group, originally called Cookie’s Corner, was set up in September 2013 to help poorly South Shields youngster Charlie Cookson.

Cheryl and Lynne raised money to help Charlie’s parents, Sarah and Chris, make necessary adjustments to their home.

After the two-year-old died last October, Cheryl, 27, and Lynne, 49, continued to raise money for the Charlie Cookson Foundation, and now they’re branching out to help even more people.

Since forming their charitable group, the pair have raised more than £14,000 for people in need.

Mum-of-two Cheryl, of Brockley Whins, South Shields, said: “We changed our name to Community Corner so that we could branch out and help all sorts of people.

“Basically, what we do is take donations and then sell them on Facebook to make money for the likes of schools, play groups, community groups or even poorly children who need specialist equipment.

“We do it all from my mam’s home in Jarrow, and she works full time too, as a carer for South Tyneside Council, so it does get a bit hectic, but we just wanted to give something back.

“I’m gobsmacked that Avis has thought to put us forward for this award. I think it’s amazing that people would think to do that for us, but we’re just in it to make people happy. That’s all we want to do.”

Nomination categories:

Young Performer of the Year (under-21s)

Child of Courage (under-16s)

Community Group of the Year

Judges’ Special Award

Achieving Excellence

Carer of the Year

Greener South Tyneside

Sporting Excellence

Entrepreneur of the Year

Child of Achievement (under-16s)

Lifetime Contribution

The deadline for entries, which can be made online at www.nepress.co.uk/sgjj/pride 2014, is Tuesday, April 29.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Quality Hotel in Witney Way, Boldon Colliery, on the evening of Thursday, June 12.

Young Performer nominees will be invited to take part in a talent showcase at the Customs House on Thursday, May 8, to help the judges make their decision.

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