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 Teesdale's first Young Hero named


TEESDALE has its first young hero.

In a force-wide initiative, schoolboy Ethan Fletcher was named Barnard Castle Neighbourhood Policing Team’s first winner, after going above and beyond to help others.
The ten-year-old, of Mickleton, was nominated by his parents Debra and Nigel Fletcher, after being inspired by TV show The Great British Bake Off to hold his own bake off for Cancer Research UK.
Ethan organised everything from booking his village hall to approaching local businesses for prizes and raised more than £600 for the charity.
And the Middleton-in-Teesdale Primary School pupil has not stopped there as he has also raised £300 for the North-East’s Heel & Toe children's charity, which supports children with Cerebral Palsy and other physical disabilities.
Ethan has a mild form of Cerebral Palsy and has been determined to help the charity which he has used in the past.
He will also be running the Junior Great North Run later this year.
Ethan was awarded his prize by Barnard Castle Neighbourhood Inspector, Ed Turner, at the quad hub in Barnard Castle, on Sunday, June 2.
The youngster had no idea he had won as the visit was organised as a surprise by his parents, who both said they were incredibly proud of their son.
Mr Fletcher said: “We kept it as a surprise for him and he was totally gob smacked.
“He was really pleased and took his certificate into school on Monday.”
Inspector Turner said the team had received numerous nominations which were all very deserving but Ethan stood out for supporting a charity that had not affected him personally.
He said: “Ethan just wanted to do something good so he stood out for that reason.”
Insp Turner also said he wanted to thank all the local businesses who had sponsored the award and shown their support to recognise the young heroes of Teesdale.
Ethan is the first of 12 winners and will be invited to a special awards night next year where one youngster will be crowned the ultimate hero.
Nominees must be aged 18 or younger and live in the force area.
To nominate a young person call 101 and ask to speak to the Barnard Castle Neighbourhood Police Team.