We have named two friends from Tameside as Greater Manchester’s nicest neighbours.
After a three-month search we crowned Pamela Howard from Ashton-under-Lyne as the city’s kindest neighbour because of her commitment to helping her friend Jean Tavener.
Pamela has helped Jean everyday since she had a serious operation in hospital. She dresses her, takes her out for trips into town, collects her shopping and cooks her meals.
Jean said: “Every morning she comes in and helps me dress, makes breakfast and pops in at tea time. She is so wonderful and nothing is too much trouble. I’d so glad Pamela has won this award, she thoroughly deserves it and truly is the city’s most generous neighbour.”
The judges who read every entry included Sian Astley, property TV presenter & community campaigner for Love Withington Baths, John Leech, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Didsbury West, David Ellison, Labour Councillor for Didsbury West and Lisa Westerman, group head of sales at Plumlife.
Sian said: “All the letters and emails we received were such heart warming stories. It was difficult to choose a winner but we decided to award the prize to the neighbour who made the biggest difference.”
John said: “From reading the letters it became apparent that all these neighbours were truly self less and helped with practical tasks as well as helping to combat loneliness. Once this would have been undertaken by family members, now neighbours have taken their place and become a vital part of community networks.”
David said: “It seems the busiest people make the most helpful neighbours. Many of the letters nominated residents who look after children or elderly relatives and work full time. Yet they still make time for their neighbours.”
Lisa said: “We were overwhelmed by examples of community spirit and compassion. From cutting the grass, to ironing and popping over for a coffee – no task seems to big for the caring neighbours nominated.”
The winners received a combined prize of £300-worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers and all entrants have been sent a certificate of thanks.