Karen honoured for her community work

Sharon Thomson from the Beacon Centre presents Karen MacGregor with her award watched by colleagues at Church House.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Sharon Thomson from the Beacon Centre presents Karen MacGregor with her award watched by colleagues at Church House.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A local hero has been honoured for her work in the community.

Staff at The Beacon Centre, in North Shields, chose Karen MacGregor as the first winner of their new Spotlight Awards, which honour people who have made a significant contribution in their community.

I am so surprised to be the first to win a Spotlight Award

Karen MacGregor

Karen, from North Shields, was nominated by Gillian Wilson for her 15-year support of Independent Advocacy and her work as a volunteer Citizen Advocate.

Gillian said: “Last year Karen supported a lady who had no family or visitors living in residential care with end of life choices – without Karen this lady would not have had an independent person there to offer support with such difficult and emotive decisions.

“She is an excellent figure head of the charity.”

Karen, who received a £50 gift card and the chance to host a fundraising event at the centre, said: “I am so surprised to be the first to win a Spotlight Award. I love the work that I do through Independent Advocacy, so it’s really lovely to be recognised.”

Dave Menzies, centre manager, said: “I am incredibly excited to be announcing Karen MacGregor as the first winner of our Spotlight Awards.

“Karen plays a huge role in the local community and is really impacting on the lives of others.

“Through her work at Independent Advocacy, she has been able to really make a difference, which is why we wanted to reward her for her hard work in the community and name her our first North Shields Hero.

“It is just this type of contribution that the awards were set up to recognise.”

Nominations are still ongoing and can be made via The Beacon’s Facebook page by private message – www.facebook.com/beaconcentrenorthshields, by emailing Beacon@grayling.com or by writing to The Beacon Spotlight Awards, David Menzies, Beacon Centre, Bedford Way, North Shields, NE29 6RX.

Entries should include the name and telephone number of the person nominating, the name of the nominee and no more than 50 words on why the nominee deserves to win.