Nomination is the best tonic for charity champ Tony

CHARITY STALWART: Tony Carlisle who has been nominated for a fundraiser of the year award after 25 years of organising the Great North Dog Walk.
CHARITY STALWART: Tony Carlisle who has been nominated for a fundraiser of the year award after 25 years of organising the Great North Dog Walk.

CHARITY hero Tony Carlisle is in the running for a Gazette award for 25 years of outstanding fundraising.

And as he awaits an operation for skin cancer, he described his nomination for a Best of South Tyneside award as “a fantastic tonic”.

ANNIVERSARY ... the Great North Dog Walk will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.

ANNIVERSARY ... the Great North Dog Walk will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.

It’s been a tough time for Tony who has had three heart operations including major surgery in July last year.

Now, he faces further surgery on April 20 for skin cancer which was diagnosed last November, but he was delighted to be praised for his work.

“It is a real pick-me-up. I am shaking and really taken aback,” he told the Gazette.

“It is exciting and it is lovely when people recognise the work that you do. A few kind words can make all the difference.”

It is lovely when people recognise the work that you do. A few kind words can make all the difference.

Tony Carlisle

Tony is the organiser of the Great North Dog Walk.

The annual event, which is held at The Leas, in South Shields, will toast its 25th anniversary on June 7.

Mr Carlisle is hoping to welcome more than 25,000 four-legged friends for the first time, to make it an extra special silver celebration.

Last year’s walk attracted a best-ever 24,542 canines – representing 185 breeds – and Mr Carlisle is hoping for an even bigger entry list this summer.

Modest Tony passed on the praise tor “all the people who have helped me over the years.”

The nomination for Tony praised his “amazing work” and added: “I think it’s time he is recognised for all he does as a fundraiser. His charity work over the years has been exceptional.”

n To nominate, just fill in the form in today’s paper or do it online HERE.

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