Tracey Bonarius and Emma Troup have been awarded the title of Unsung Hero by local MP, Dehenna Davison, for their project, 'One Step at a Time,' supporting those suffering with poor mental health.
Two residents from Spennymoor have been named this month’s Unsung Hero by local MP Dehenna Davison. Nominated for their work creating and running their project, ‘One Step at a Time’, a mental health community support service helping those who are disengaged or isolated from school or the community.
The Unsung Heroes scheme, established to highlight those going above and beyond throughout the pandemic, has been carried over by Dehenna Davison MP, to mark residents’ achievements across the community. Previous winners include Paul Brown for his work performing in street concerts, raising money for charity.
Their project, One Step at a Time, has been supporting people who are disengaged, isolated or not in education. Announcing the news, Dehenna Davison MP said:
“I am beyond pleased to be giving this month’s title of Unsung Hero to Tracey and Emma. Their work is truly admirable and has never been more important.
“Reading the nominations from residents, it was clear both Tracey and Emma are real heroes in their communities, supporting so many at what can be the hardest of times.”
When nominating Emma and Tracey, residents said:
“Emma and Tracey have been instrumental in helping support so many across our community throughout lockdown and since they founded the project. Their kindness and generosity shouldn’t go unnoticed and they really deserve this award.”
Responding to the news of the award Emma and Tracey said:
“We are both absolutely delighted and overwhelmed to have been nominated and then receive the Unsung Hero Award and would like to thank the people who nominated us. Our mental health community support service is going from strength to strength, there is such a need for our service.
“One Step at a Time all started with nothing other than passion and determination based on our own lived and living experience of mental health difficulties. We hope to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that still surrounds mental health in order for people to ask for help when needed. Our mission statement is 'one small step forward is the first step to success'. We will continue to help and support as many people in the community as we can to bridge the gap whilst they wait for specialist appointments.”
Nominations for this month’s Unsung Hero are now open and can be made via Dehenna’s website: https://www.dehennadavison.com/our-unsung-heroes