Award honour to recognise Andy’s community efforts

Stuart Birkett presents a Local Hero award to Andy Clark.
Stuart Birkett presents a Local Hero award to Andy Clark.

A community champion has been honoured with a Northumberland Local Heroes award to recognise his dedication and commitment.

Andy Clark, from Wooler, was presented with the accolade earlier this month during the official opening of Glendale Amateur Boxing Club’s new training studio in the village.

The reasons for the award are many, including his work as a community police officer for many years before retiring in the summer. He organised school safety days and forged harmonious links with farmers and rural residents.

Andy, 50, has also helped set up the boxing club, securing extensive funding in the process and throwing himself into lengthy and back-breaking renovations to transform the club’s new gym.

He is the club’s chairman and sponsors one of its young female boxers.

He also volunteers at various local community and sporting events and has raised funds for cancer charities and Help for Heroes.

Andy, who was nominated for the award, said: “For the first time, I was absolutely speechless. I very much appreciate the award.”

Andy was presented the award by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Stuart Birkett, who said: “This award goes to individuals who have gone the extra mile to help others or improve things where they live. It is extremely well deserved.”

The Local Heroes award is a Northumberland County Council initiative.