A couple described as being “the best thing that has happened to us” have been recognised for being good neighbours.
John and Judith Bulmer were recently awarded the Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) Good Neighbour of the Year award.
The couple, who live at, Chopwell, Newcastle, were the overwhelming choice of judges, who sifted through 100 nominations this year.
John and Judith, who only moved in to their home in February this year, were nominated by three of their neighbours, Bill Robinson, Edna Norman and Steve Fisher.
Mr Robinson said: “Since Judith moved next door to me she has done jobs like keeping the garden tidy and cooked meals for me. John is also very helpful and if I want any advice of support, I just have to ask him.
“They are the best thing to happen to us.”
Mrs Norman added: “Judith is a good neighbour because she is always there when I need help; she is fantastic.”
Mr Fisher said: “John helped me settle into my new home, doning many jobs around the house that I wouldn’t have been able to do by myself. My move would have been so much more difficult, and expensive, without him.”
Judith and John, aged 59 and 67 respectively, received a trophy and cheque for £150, which they have shared with the people who nominated them.
They said: “Before we moved here, we lived close to some of DAMHA’s homes and we helped where we could, such as giving the residents some of the vegetables we grew on our allotment.
“When we moved into a DAMHA home ourselves we quickly got to know our neighbours and helping them wherever we can has been a pleasure.
“It was lovely to know they had nominated us, but we didn’t expect to win, so to have received the award is amazing.
“We wanted to share the money with our neighbours because it’s the right thing to do.”
The second prize, and receiving a plaque and a cheque for £100, went to Ken and Bet Chadwick, of , Seaham. Third prize, and receiving a plaque and cheque for £50, went to Wendy Dunn, from Ferryhill.
Gordon Parkin, DAMHA President, said: “John and Judith are very deserving winners and the fact they are sharing their prize with their neighbours further demonstrates the sort of kind, selfless people they area.
“We would also like to congratulate Ken, Bet and Wendy, as well as everyone who was nominated. At Christmastime, it’s nice to see so many people going out of their way to help others.”
This year’s awards were once again sponsored by Aareon UK Ltd.