Caroline named NE community hero

Andrew Booth presenting Caroline Anderson with her voucher for The Store
Andrew Booth presenting Caroline Anderson with her voucher for The Store

The Store at Foveran has announced the winner of its campaign to find the North-east’s most hardworking community hero.

The farm shop, deli and coffee shop launched the campaign in December as a way of rewarding one inspiring individual who went above and beyond for their community in 2016.

Caroline Anderson from Potterton, was announced as the winner after impressing judges with her contributions to her local community.

The NHS support manager has lived in Potterton for 11 years and helped to found the Potterton Community Group at the end of 2015.

Since then, the group has grown from a group of mums to one that involves residents of all ages focusing on the community.

The group now regularly organises events, promoting the use of local businesses and the surrounding area, as a way to inject more community spirit into the village and make Potterton more sociable for its residents.

Last year, the funds raised by the group helped to upgrade a path in the area, so that more people could enjoy the countryside surrounding Potterton.

Andrew Booth, owner of The Store, was so overwhelmed with the number of campaign nominations that he turned to his family to help him decide on a winner.

He said: “It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, as we received a lot of really inspirational nominations from across the North-east. I eventually read out the shortlist of nominations to my kids and mother-in-law and they helped me decide on the overall winner.

“One of the main reasons we chose Caroline was because I wanted to give her an incentive to carry on the Potterton Community Group well into the future, as it’s still in the early stages.”

Caroline said: “I’ve never thought that I do anything particularly special, as there are so many people out there doing inspirational things.

“Whilst I’m the main driver behind the group, it’s entirely a team effort. We have an amazing bunch of people who volunteer their time to the group and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we have done over the past year without them all.”