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Bill Wilson and his wife were Community Heroes winners
Bill Wilson and his wife were Community Heroes winners

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It’s “all aboard” for Community Heroes as Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines rewards winners

Twenty Newcastle champions were rewarded with the trip of a lifetime after scooping a prize in a competition to celebrate their dedication to their local community.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines partnered with Chronicle Live to run a Community Heroes competition where readers could nominate individuals making a difference to win a cruise departing from the city.

Among winners was Dianne Turner, who set up the group A New Chapter North East which aims to help those who are widowed and Pam Fender of the Wallsend Girls' Brigade, who won a summertime cruise to Lapland and Scandinavia.

RNLI volunteer Andrew Stephenson

RNLI volunteer Andrew Stephenson, who has saved lives of people and animals at sea, was also among the winners along with Bill Wilson, who was nominated three times for his work with Dementia Matters and was his wife Jo Wilson's carer before her death in January this year. He has campaigned for several years to bring change to the social care system.

Also winning a cruise were Lynn Watson, who received an OBE for services to special needs and was nominated by her daughter for her work with disadvantaged children and their families and Jordan Trotter who set up a weekly men's group for mental health support.

Lynn Watson

Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:

“There is something truly special about reading the stories of some of these incredible individuals who go above and beyond to help others more vulnerable than themselves.

“We are thrilled to have been able to celebrate the region’s unsung heroes by rewarding them with a treat that they really deserve for their efforts.

“As many have pointed out, they do not do this work for the recognition. But they really do deserve to be singled out and praised for making the world a better place for others. We are thrilled to have played a part in that.”

The 20 winners are:

Sal Bennett

Bill Corcoran

Caroline Murray

Pamela Barnet

Irene Reid

Kevin Brown

Dianne Turner

Marisa May

Bill Wilson

Tom Cuthbertson

Stephen Fenn

Kim Hunter

Lynn Puga

Lee Boatman

Karin Lovatt

Andrew Stephenson

Bill Westall

Lynn Watson

Michael English

Jordan Trotter

For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm), or contact your ABTA travel agent.


Georgina May

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Lauren Gardner

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

At Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we are very proud of our smaller ships – Bolette, Borealis and Balmoral - and the imaginative and unusual itineraries they allow us to offer. Every cruise is hand-crafted from scratch by our team of in-house Journey Planners to make sure you are not only visiting the best destinations, but at the best time to experience them.

For us, it’s not just about where we go but how we take you there. We put as much time into planning scenic cruising as we do in choosing the destinations themselves. On board, our Signature Experiences showcase the history, culture, nature and flavours of the destinations you’ll visit – from Treats of the Region, where you can enjoy local delicacies, to our Sky at Sea star-gazing sessions where you can relax with a hot toddy out on deck while our astronomer talks you through the night sky.

Plus, with each ship carrying 1,300 guests or less, our ships are small enough for us to offer a warm, friendly and personal service where nothing is ever too much trouble, as we visit a host of exciting ports in every corner of the globe.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
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