Charity workers win top award

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TWO dedicated charity campaigners from North Tyneside have been honoured at a prestigious award ceremony.

Anne Denton, 72, and Lilian Bell, 74, members of the Whitley Bay branch of Arthritis UK, were honoured by the charity at the national launch of the new Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre at Newcastle University.

Anne, of Backworth, and Lilian, of South Wellfield, each received an award celebrating the branch’s 40th anniversary and to thank them for raising nearly £110,000 for the charity.

Lilian, who is the chair of the branch, said: “I am really proud that the work we do has been recognised.

“I know how arthritis can impact on people’s lives.

“It affects so many people, yet there are limited treatment options available.”

The new centre, which was opened by Alan Shearer, aims to develop new stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis.

Liam O’Toole, chief executive of Arthritis Research UK, said: “We know we would not be able to fund potentially revolutionary research like this without the help and support of our fundraisers.

“This is why it is so important for us to say thank you to people like Lilian and Anne.”