Tony deserves bravery award

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IT takes a lot of courage to force your way into a burning house to rescue someone - a role firefighters accept as part of their job.

But for a passer-by to do the same selfless act is worthy of the word bravery.

For that is what Tony Whitehouse did when he spotted smoke pouring of from the kitchen window of a pensioner’s home.

He forced his way inside and led a terrified woman to safety, and then returned to the burning flat to rescue her husband.

Tony was named joint winner of the Public Act of Bravery Award at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s annual ceremony - and he deserves no less.

As Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney said: “Such potentially dangerous rescues are usually dealt with by professional fire crews.” Had it not been for Tony’s quick actions, the consequences could have been far worse.

He deserves recognition from the fire service and wider acknowledgement. For it is people like Tony who really should win national honours.

Let us help you this Christmas

TODAY marks the day where we issue the call for those who need a helping hand this Christmas to make themselves known.

For the second year we have teamed up with the fantastic Help a Child Have a Chance Charity to give away £10,000 to individuals and groups.

All you have to do is tell us why you should be one of the recipients and we will do the rest.

The Helping Hands charity was set up by the family of Dave Kilner who died just over three years ago. He has raised thousands of pounds for sick and disadvantaged children.

His family wanted to continue his legacy and we have been proud to help them to do that.

Last year, we were able to distribute £10,000 to some wonderful children who had the most moving stories to tell.

So now is the time to let us know by telling us your stories. Let us make your Christmas.

Dream holiday gift

THERE is plenty of charitable giving and community support out there - witnessed by the collection of £7,500 by fundraisers to give schoolboy Reece Winterbottom a dream holiday.

Few will have suffered the heartbreak of losing their mother to cancer and then being diagnosed themselves at such a tender age.

The holiday was a great gift for him.