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Tilly Lockey, from Consett, lost both hands after contracting Group B meningococcal septicaemia as a toddler. Since then, her life has been one of indomitable spirit. She is an ambassador for Meningitis Research, one of the faces for The Meningitis Help Charitable Trust, and an active fundraiser in her own right.
This week’s article on her ‘battle hands’ is uplifting on every level. It is a pleasing example (in an increasingly brutal world) of the kindness of strangers – in this case, Bristol firm Open Bionics. It showcases the amazing things that technology can achieve nowadays and gives us hope for the future. But, most of all, it is a testimony to the courage of a girl who, although still young, is surely an inspiration to us all.
Aycliffe Business Park is the powerhouse of the County Durham economy, so it is appropriate that this edition of the Newton News which reports the county’s ‘Record Year for New Businesses’ should also report the submission of the planning application for Forrest Park.
In a worrying world, we acknowledge how much the Newton Aycliffe community owes to the entrepreneurship and ambition of the companies on the Business Park.
Finally, have you noticed that Newton Press has been shortlisted in the local heat of this year’s North East Business Awards? Our technologically-progressive, planet-friendly business has been serving the people of Newton Aycliffe since 1963, and we are proud of our place at the “Heart of the Community”.