Good neighbour of the year

30th August 2019 | posted in News

Michael Fisher was the overwhelming winner of this year's award.

The 80-year-old, who lives in Bank Top Mews, Darlington, was nominated by his neighbour Joyce Orr.

Joyce said: “Following a stroke I had, Michael now calls in every day to make sure I haven’t fallen.

“He always has time to chat with me and offers to get my shopping and will help anyone. His wife Betty also makes food for me.

“He organised a Christmas dinner at a local pub and has also organised other meals for everyone at Bank Top Mews.

“He is an extremely kind, thoughtful and upbeat neighbour and thoroughly deserves his award.

“I call him my earth angel.”

This year’s good neighbour award was chosen by Railway Housing Association’s residents, through its Residents’ Forum and Focus Groups. 

Michael received a trophy and £50 worth of vouchers at the Association’s recent residents’ conference at The Northern Echo Area in Darlington. This year’s good neighbour of the year competition was sponsored by Brabners, who are solicitors for the Association.

Michael said: “I don’t do anything for personal gain, but as a retired auxiliary nurse, caring just comes naturally to me.

“We have a great little community at Bank Top Mews and being able to help others just further strengthens the bond we have.

“I am honoured to have received an award like this; I really am.”

Anne Rowlands, Railway Housing Association Chief Executive, said: “Our Residents’ Forum and Focus Groups had another difficult choice this year, but they were ultimately touched by Joyce’s passionate nomination for Mr Foster.

“It’s clear he is a selfless, kind person, who is a very deserving winner.”

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