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South Tyneside has raised a toast to its community heroes.

On a night of wonderful highlights, the elite stepped forward to receive awards.

Winners in the Best of South Tyneside  Awards held at The Quality Hotel, Boldon last night

Winners in the Best of South Tyneside Awards held at The Quality Hotel, Boldon last night

And what a night it was at the Quality Hotel in Boldon where fundraisers, community groups and unsung heroes got the rewards they truly deserved.

There were many moments to cherish including the standing ovation for the Children of Courage – those inspirational youngsters whose moving stories had most of the audience in tears.

They included;

•Two-year-old Zack Hall, who is fighting a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer and spent 93 nights in hospital.

Child of Courage Winners at the Best of South Tyneside Awards at The Quality Hotel, Boldon, last night

Child of Courage Winners at the Best of South Tyneside Awards at The Quality Hotel, Boldon, last night

•Harry Kennedy, seven, who was born with congenital heart disease and has had six heart surgeries;

•Two-year-old Hannah Jones who has battled with health problems since she was 20 minutes old;

•Emily Ward, six, whose courage has shone despite tragedy within her family;

•Jack Wilkinson/Burdett, five, who has a condition called atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome, which causes uncontrolled activation of the body’s immune system.

•And five-year-old Harrison Cochrane who is fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

But the outstanding winners did not end there.

Abby Ryan, 15, was chosen as the Child of Achievement for her courage and determination after losing an eye through cancer.

The Jarrow-based Community Corner won the Community Group award. Founders Cheryl McDonald and Lynne Davis raised £30,000 to help causes including local food banks

Lee Tiffin, the South Shields based businessman who runs Black Sheep Fitness Academy is Entrepreneur of the Year, while Ann Walsh , chairman of the Relay for Life, is fundraiser of the year for raising £200,000 in nine years.

The Greener South Tyneside Award went to Dunn Street Primary School while the Lifetime Contribution Award was given to Ken Lea who, at 89, is still going strong as the Captain of the 9th Company Boys’ Brigade in Westoe.

Role Model of the Year is Alexandra Turner Davis, 15, who fought back from a cancer inside the tissue of the voicebox to campaign for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The new Commonwealth boxing champion Anthony Nelson won the Sporting Excellence Award while Hebburn Argyle FC under 18s and under 19s were U-18/U-19s Sports Team of the Year award.

The phenomenal talent of 16-year-old South Shields teenager Eve Simpson were recognised with the Young Performer of the Year honour.

And Tony Carlisle – the man behind the annual Great North Dog Walk – won the Judges Special Award.

Watch out for even more coverage of the awards, including interviews with all the winners and lots of photographs, in a supplement in the Gazette next Wednesday.

The winners in full

Child of Achievement: Abby Ryan

Community Group: Community Corner

Entrepreneur of the Year: Lee Tiffin

Fundraiser of the Year: Ann Walsh

Greener South Tyneside Award: Dunn Street Primary School

Lifetime Contribution Award: Ken Lea

Role Model of the Year: Alexandra Turner Davis

Sporting Excellence Award: Anthony Nelson

Sports Team of the Year award: Hebburn Argyle FC U-18/U-19s

Young Performer of the Year: Eve Simpson

Judges Special Award: Tony Carlisle

Child of Courage Award: Hannah Jones, Emily Ward, Jack Wilkinson/Burdett, Zack Hall, Harry Kennedy, Harrison Cochrane