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Selfless service

Selfless service

A woman known for her “big heart” and “selfless service” to others has won our annual good neighbour of the year award.

Lilian Scorer was the choice of the judges who voted in the DAMHA 2020 Good Neighbour of the Year competition.

The 72-year-old who lives in one of DAMHA’s homes in Marsden Road, South Shields, was nominated by many of her neighbours.

Comments included:

“Lilian is the first person many neighbours turn to and is always there to support new residents and help them settle in.”

“We really are lucky to have a lady with such a big heart. She is always there when someone needs a genuine friend and support at any time but especially during these difficult times.”

“If we need a lady of the moment is Lilian. Of all 67 bungalows in our community, she is so well known for her selfless service to others.”

A modest Lilian receives a trophy, plaque and payment of £150 in recognition of winning the award.

She said: “I was always brought up to respect my elders and many of my neighbours are much older than me, so I am only too happy to support them when I can.

“It’s lovely to hear such amazing comments about me. I have never won anything in my life so this is very special.”

Paul Mullis, DAMHA Chief Executive, said: “This was the first time in the 20-plus years of the good neighbour award that we asked people, in this case members of the DAMHA board, to vote online and it was a difficult decision because we have so may residents doing amazing things in their communities.

“But it was very apparent that Lilian is having a positive impact on the lives of so many people in her community and is a very deserving winner.”

Second prize, and receiving a plaque and £100 was Eileen Thompson, from Bearpark, and third prize, and receiving a plaque and £75 went to June McKeon, from Sunderland.