Following a record number of nominations, Geordie Tilley was the overwhelming choice of the judges in DAMHA’s 2019 Good Neighbour of the Year competition.
The 71-year-old who lives in one of DAMHA’s homes at Ramsey Terrace, Delves Lane, Consett, in was nominated by many of his neighbours.
Marion Haytack said: “He is always looking out for me and when I am away, he checks my house to make sure everything is ok,”
Jean and Colin Bell said: “Geordie is a very helpful friendly neighbour and is always helping people in our street.”
Lucy Rogan whose aunt lives at Ramsey Terrace, said: “Whether it is digging residents out when it snows or helping to fix boilers or fire, nothing is a bother for him.
“He is so observant and checks on everyone if they haven’t been seen for a few days. He really is a diamond.”
A modest Geordie received a trophy, plaque and payment of £150 at DAMHA’s end of the year residents’ forum.
He said: “I am over the moon to win, but I don’t think I do anything special.
“Luckily, my health is still good so if I can help people with a few jobs, or just make sure they are ok, then that’s good enough for me.”
Paul Mullis. DAMHA Chief Executive, said: “We never cease to be amazed at the lengths people will go to help their neighbours and in Geordie, they certainly broke the mould.”
“It’s clear that having Geordie in their lives benefits so many people and he is thoroughly deserving of this year’s award”
Second prize, and receiving a plaque and £100 was Annette Richardson, from Gilesgate Moor, and third prize, and receiving a plaque and £50, went to Tom Heeley, from Witton Gilbert.