A Newcastle pensioner has won a Community Champion award. 

Christine Burnham, who lives at Anchor’s Parkside Court retirement housing scheme in Wideopen, was nominated by Carole Lawson for going the extra mile helping her local community and sharing her impressive artistic skills. A customer panel of judges met in December 2015 and were very impressed by her community contribution.

Almost 300 nominations were sent in for the Happy Living Awards run by Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in August 2015 with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Extraordinary Talent, Grandparent of the Year, Community Champion and Best Pet.

Christine was thrilled to receive the Community Champion award. She has worked as a nurse and is a trained counsellor, and with this expertise, she set up a dementia café in Wideopen for people living with dementia and their carers. She is also a trustee of the Bradbury Centre, giving support and advice to people with dementia and other neurological disorders. 

Nominator and friend Carole Lawson said: “Christine is the most wonderful and talented person I have ever met. She paints animals, landscapes and still life in watercolour, acrylics and oils. She has painted ever since her schooldays and now she teaches. This is her big talent – to get the best out of people, very gently, allowing them to discover their own talents. She is always full of fun and joy of life.”

For more information on Parkside Court please call 0800 731 20 20 or visit www.anchor.org.uk. 

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