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About: Covid Acts of Kindness Community Award

Canny. A local word from the North East meaning kind, friendly, nice. If there was ever a time when being canny counted, it has been during the coronavirus outbreak. And as a region, we’ve pulled together to support each other during these challenging times like never before. 

In celebration, we are highlighting some of the wonderful acts of kindness local people across the North East have carried out to help others during the pandemic, supporting neighbours, families, friends and communities. 

Do you know someone who has helped others with compassionate acts of kindness? A local hero who embodies the region’s renowned goodwill? Someone who has gone above and beyond to #BeatCovidNE by helping those around them? 

Perhaps it was dog walking or pet-sitting. Picking up shopping and prescriptions. Entertaining the kids. Taking education or exercise online. Offering companionship and care. There are hundreds of small ways North Easterners have helped each other and we want to hear from you! 

The Covid Acts of Kindness Community Award celebrates one outstanding individual in each of the following local authority areas; Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. There will be seven winners all together.

Now is your opportunity to nominate the person you think most deserving of recognition - they can be of any age. Tell us why they deserve to win in no more than 250 words and take the chance to say ‘thank you’ and show you care. 

Nominations are open until midnight on Friday 1 October 2021 and the winners will be announced in October. Please spread the word. #NECovidKindness

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