Inspirational and emotional: Meet Sunderland and South Tyneside’s Best of Health Awards heroes in picture special

Oh, what a night.

By Debra Fox
Friday, 10 May, 2019, 14:26
The Sunderland and South Tyneside Best of Health Awards.

This year’s heroes from the Sunderland and South Tyneside Best of Health Awards have been revealed at a special ceremony, held at the Roker Hotel. Meet this year’s award winners and see how the night unfolded with our special collection of pictures - and don’t forget to pick up your Sunderland Echo and Shields Gazette on Wednesday, May 15 for the special supplement.

The awards lined up at the Roker Hotel.
Guests at the health awards enjoy a drinks reception.
Health heroes from across Sunderland and South Tyneside were honoured at this year's ceremony.
The Sunderland Echo and Shields Gazette Best of Health Awards 2019.
Raising a glass to our health heroes.
The cream of Wearside's and South Tyneside's health world were honoured at this year's awards.
Smiles from some of our special guests.
The night gets off to a busy start.
Our health awards are always inspirational and emotional occasions.
Ready to celebrate our health heroes.
All smiles as the event gets underway.
NHS heroes, incredible doctors and stalwarts of the health industry were among those honoured.
Ready to toast the people making our region's health service so special.
We are so lucky to have outstanding people working in our region's health service.
We will be running a supplement in the Echo and Gazette on Wednesday, May 15.
We asked the public for nominations to help find our health heroes.
A night to remember for all of us.
Dr Nick Matthews, right, Judges' Choice Awards winner, ahead of the ceremony.
Dressed to impress at our health awards.
The stage is set and ready to go.
Our awards were held in partnership with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.
There were so many achievements to celebrate.
The sponsors for this year's competition included Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group, the Wonderful Wig Company and East Coast Fitness.
Beaming smiles on a night to be proud of.
Managing Editor Gavin Foster welcomes the evening's guests.
Singer Anthony Stringer performs for guests.
For our finalists, reaching the shortlist was a huge honour.
Table three at our health awards.
We look forward to our next awards ceremony all year round.

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Meeting table four.
Saying hello to table five.
Singer Anthony Stringer takes to the stage.
Pharmacist/Pharmacy of the Year award winner Jonathan Hindmarsh (centre) with compere Daymon Britton (left) and presented by Dave Gallagher Chief Officer Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.
Congratulations to Jonathan Hindmarsh.
GP/GP Practice of the Year award winners GP Alliance and Dr. Katherine Bramley (who was not at the awards ceremony). Compere Daymon Britton (left) and presenting the award South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Chief Executive Ken Bremner (right).
Congratulations to Judith Taylor (left) and Dr Cindy Kelly (right) both of GP Alliance
South Tyneside & Sunderland Health Awards 2019 at the Roker Hotel. Customer Service Award winner Judith Jefferies (centre) with compare Daymon Britton (left) and presenting the award Nicola Meldrum (right) Business Manager jpi media on behalf of The Wonderful Wig Company
South Tyneside & Sunderland Health Awards 2019 at the Roker Hotel.
South Tyneside & Sunderland Health Awards 2019 at the Roker Hotel. Customer Service Award winner Judith Jefferies
Nurse of the Year award winners Karen Davies (2nd left) and Anne Thompson (3rd left) with compere Daymon Britton (left) and presenting the award Gavin Foster Managing Editor (right).
Congratulations to Karen Davies.
Congratulations to Anne Thompson.
Unsung Hero Award winners Anne Lilley (2nd right) and the League of Friends, with compere Daymon Britton (left) and presenting the award Graham Low Owner & Head Trainer at East Coast Fitness (right)
Congratulations to Anne Lilley.
Unsung Hero Award winners, League of Friends.
Hospital Doctor of the Year was won by Dr. Hector Mahlaba, who was unable to attend the ceremony and his award was collected by Debra Young Neuropysiology Department manager, with compere Daymon Britton (left) and presenting the award was David Chandler (right) Deputy Chief Officer/ Chief Finance Officer South Tyneside & Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.
Congratulations to Dr. Hector Mahlaba, who was unable to attend the ceremony and his award was collected by Debra Young Neuropysiology Department manager.
Special Maternity Award winners Sunderland Maternity Unit and South Tyneside Maternity Unit, with compere Daymon Britton (left) and Ken Bremner Chief Executive South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (right).
Sheila Ford Haed of Midwifery (left) and Janet Griffin Directorate Manager Obstetrics and Gynaecology (right).
Judges Choice award winner Dr. Nick Matthews (centre) with compere Daymon Britton (left) and presenting the award Dave Gallagher (right) Chief Officer Clinical Commissioning Group.
Lifetime Achievement Award winner Pat Bealing.
Lifetime Achievement Award winner Pat Bealing.
Special Recognition Award for Connor Brown, collected by his parents
Special Recognition Award for Connor Brown, collected by his parents
Special Recognition Award for Connor Brown, collected by his parents, pictured with Gavin Foster Managing Editor (left) and compere Daymon Britton (right).
Special Recognition Award for Connor Brown, collected by his parents.
Meet our incredible award winners.
Pat Bealing, pictured with compere Daymon Britton (left) and managing editor Gavin Foster (right).
Judges Choice Award was Dr Nick Matthews.