A Gateshead nurse has been commended with a prestigious award in acknowledgement for her work building relationships with the town's Jewish community, local refugees, asylum seekers and families in need of support.
Trish Mulligan from Chester-le-Street has been working as a health visitor in Central Gateshead for five years.
Trish has now been awarded a Healthwatch Star Award for all her work from general nursing to midwifery and health visiting - but especially how she works within local communities.
The Healthwatch awards see patients nominate potential winners anonymously in a bid to give back to someone who has made a difference in their lives.
Trish said: "I was so excited to receive this award.
"It’s such beautiful feedback, especially considering this person said I’d never judged them – that’s so important as a health visitor.
"I’m absolutely thrilled but really, I’m just doing my job – I just want to help and support people.
Phill Capewell, Interim CEO at Healthwatch Gateshead added: "We’re always delighted to pass on such glowing feedback – for someone to go out of their way to tell us about a positive experience they’ve had means a lot, and Trish should be really proud of herself.
"Healthwatch Star awards are there to recognise those incredible people who go above and beyond to help make a real difference to someone’s health and have gone above and beyond their normal role.”