Anne Greer and Peter Hopper, of Shotleyfield View, Consett, took the first prize in the competition run by DAMHA.
They were nominated by their neighbour Norma Savage and are the first joint winners of the Association’s long-running annual competition to find the best neighbours in the communities where it has homes.
Mrs Savage said: “My heath has suffered with a major operation and pneumonia, which nearly led to me losing my life. Anne and Peter have been at my beck and call, coming in first thing and making sure I got something to eat, doing my shopping, washing and looking after my garden.
“They nursed me back to life and I am so grateful to them. Even now they still watch over me as I am suffering from arthritis, very bad diabetes and having hearing trouble.
“I have never had neighbours like them; they are so caring and concerned. If only there were more people like these, we would all have a healthy and stress free life.”
Anne and Peter both receive a plaque, £150 and a trophy (which they will share)
They said: “It’s overwhelming to be recognised in this way, but we only did something that Norma would have done for us if the roles had been reversed.”
The winner of the second prize (£100 and a plaque) was Janet Jones, of Pavilion Court, Esh Winning, who was nominated by her neighbour Audrey Renahan who says nothing is too much trouble for her, even though she had has her own health problems.
Third prize (£75 and a plaque) went to Angela Mason, of Robert Moore Close, Peterlee, who was nominated by her neighbour Dorothy Klasmann who says she was a real pillar of support after being rushed into hospital.
Paul Mullis, DAMHA Chief Executive, said: “It is so inspirational to see so many selfless people in our homes being so neighbourly to others; they all deserve their awards.”
This year’s award was once again sponsored by Aareon UK Ltd.