Cheerful, bright and bubbly, Yvonne Pattison goes out of her way to help others.
And the 67-year-old from Cramlington was astonished to win the Good Neighbour Award.
Described as ‘one of life’s true angels,’ Yvonne helps everyone no matter how difficult the task may be.
One of her neighbours has two large dogs which are difficult to manage, so seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, Yvonne takes them out for walks.
She has cats, all of which have previously belonged to other people, and she feeds and takes care of hedgehogs.
She volunteers herself for all hospital runs and even completed a five-mile round trip to take a friend to chemotherapy. She always puts others first and, despite suffering hardship and tragic loss, she has never been heard to complain.
Yvonne said: “I can’t believe it. I am absolutely thrilled. I just really enjoy helping other people. I had lots of people helping me when I was young and I just think that it is part of life’s circle. You get help so you give it out.”
Others shortlisted were Ken Powell, of Seghill, who selflessly helped his neighbour while also battling cancer; Sue Younger, 45, from Cramlington, who goes beyond the call of duty in her work as a Salvation Army officer, offering help, encouragement and support to the sick and dying, and Julie Taylor, 53, from Tweedmouth, who puts 200 per cent into her fund-raising and provides free transport for people who have to travel 60-70 miles for cancer treatment.