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Lily is so kind ( it gives you a boost just to see her.

Byline: By Gareth Deighan

An unsung hero who selflessly plays a major role in her community has been nominated for our Good Neighbour Award.

Lily Blewit, 81, of Ellison Place, Low Fell, Gateshead, was nominated for the award by her next-door neighbour Joyce Pearson.

The pair have lived in the same street for two years and have become good friends.

Mrs Pearson, 75, said: "I have always been a very independent person, but when I moved here I was very ill and found myself alone.

"Mrs Blewit came upstairs and asked me if I'd like some soup, and it went from there. She is so kind and compassionate and it gives you a boost just to see her.

"When I moved in I had to go and see a specialist at the hospital and I had no way of getting there.

"I didn't ask, but she took me without even hesitating and told me to never be afraid to ask if I needed anything.

"And she does the same for everybody. She is a truly amazing woman and I just wanted to recognise what she does for people."

Mrs Blewit, who has lived in Ellison Place for 15 years, said: "I'm shocked to be nominated. I just do what I think is right, I don't really think about it. I have arthritis in both ankles and I find it hard to walk around, but I was a driver before I retired and I still drive now, so I don't mind helping others out.

"I always offer to help the people who live here if they need a lift anywhere. I enjoy helping out, but not many take me up on the offer.

"It's lovely to be recognised like this, but I don't ask anyone for anything in return."

Now in its eighth year, the Home Group-sponsored competition aims to highlight the good people who brighten up the days and the lives of others in their community.

The competition will be judged by Radio Newcastle presenter Kathy Secker, Chronicle editor Paul Robertson and Anthony Fellows, head of housing services (North East) for the Home Group.

The overall winner will receive pounds 1,000 and a handcrafted trophy at a presentation lunch in November.

The two runners-up will receive pounds 600 and pounds 400.

The honour is sponsored by the Home Group.

Nomination forms are published in the Chronicle, but forms are also available from the Chronicle's reception desk in Groat Market, Newcastle.

Alternatively, call Julie Moorhouse on (0191) 201 6119, send an e-mail to julie.moorhouse@ncjmedia.co.uk or log on to icnewcastle.co.uk/goodneighbour.

Closing date for entries is Friday, September 9.
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