Pete wanted to raise £200 for charity – five years on he’s topped £100,000

When Pete Livingstone’s partner Sarah was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he and friend Paul Randall decided to take on a sponsored walk in the hope of raising £200 for charity.

Little did they know that five years on, with the support of dozens of friends across Teesside, they would have raised more than £100,000 under the name of the Boro Walkers Association

Charity Teesside Philanthropic Foundation gave Pete – known to friends as ‘Livo’ – the award in recognition of his voluntary work as an unsung community champion.

Jo Swinerton of Foundation patrons Middlesbrough FC surprised Pete with the award at Boro Walkers Association’s annual dinner at the Riverside Stadium.

Along with a trophy, he received a voucher for Mohujo’s Restaurant and £1,000 for Boro Walkers Association.

The Middlesbrough-born grandfather said: “I was overwhelmed with the award but, while it’s nice to get accolades, I accepted the award on behalf of everyone who helps our charity.

“Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”