The Mayor of South Tyneside has recognised the selfless actions of a kind-hearted resident for going the extra mile to help others in their local area.
Selby Armstrong and his wife Brenda from Mill Grove, South Shields were invited to a special meeting with the Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia, at Jarrow Town Hall where he was praised for his concern for his neighbours and for putting himself out to support and assist them.
On a weekly basis Mr Armstrong helps his neighbours and older people who have difficulty getting out and about in Mill Grove by collecting and distributing copies of the Metro newspaper and leaflets from South Shields Central Library and local stores. He also, ensures refuse bins are put out for collection and once emptied he puts them back on his neighbours’ driveways.
Mr Armstrong also assists an immediate neighbour, who is 90 years-old and housebound, by collecting their prescriptions and getting in their shopping, and regularly attends his local community area forum where he represents the views of older residents in Mill Grove.
“The Mayoress and I felt strongly that Mr Armstrong deserved credit for his dedication to helping others and the remarkable support he provides his neighbours,” the Mayor said.
“He is a true pillar of the community helping to improve the lives of those around him and to support those in need of some assistance. It is people like Mr Armstrong with great kindness and generosity, who make this Borough such a fantastic place to live. “
Mr Armstrong, aged 77, said, “I would like to thank the Mayor for a very enjoyable afternoon with him at Jarrow Town Hall.”