An inspirational pensioner is celebrating after picking up a top award.
Bob Carpenter has been named ‘Tenant of the Year’ in a national competition.
It feels great to have won – I feel like a celebrityBob Carpenter
The 72-year-old, from Battle Hill, beat stiff opposition from across the country to win the title in the Housing Excellence Awards.
Passionate about promoting health and fitness for older people, Bob is also a selfless volunteer and works hard to improve housing services for older tenants.
He has been heavily involved in consultation with tenants on proposed works and regeneration as well as getting qualifications to run health and fitness sessions for older people.
Bob, who was nominated by North Tyneside Council, said: “It feels great to have won – I feel like a celebrity. I loved hearing all the feedback from my customers who said I was changing people’s lives.”
“I just love helping people to get fit. If you are more active you can have a better life – it boosts your self esteem and it makes you able to get more out of life.
“Many people go on to do more: some join walking groups or take up swimming and, like me they just love it.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Bob has been honoured with this award, and I’m sure many others will also feel that this acknowledgement is very well-deserved.
“Bob’s boundless enthusiasm for everything he takes on means he is an inspirational role model.
“Nothing seems too much trouble for him and he’s liked and respected by everyone he comes across.
“Bob truly deserves this accolade and we are very lucky that he lives here in North Tyneside.”
As well as Bob’s success, North Tyneside Council also made the shortlist for two further awards – Best New Affordable Housing Scheme (Barr Close, Battle Hill) and Best Partnering Scheme (North Tyneside Council, Justice Prince Community Interest Company and Kier North Tyneside).