From David - the coordinator of Boro Angels in Middlesbrough:
When I talk at an event or to a group about Boro Angels, I often say I'm certain our teams have helped save lives, because I know we will have since we first went out in January 2010, whether it's a guy we took to the Safe Haven or called an ambulance for or the vulnerable person we stayed with until they were safe.
Well here's one straight from the horses mouth. One of our teams in June, Josh, Campbell and Natalie, came across a guy holding his head and kneeling over, very dazed. He had had his head bashed against a wall and they escorted him to the Safe Haven and, as is often the case, we didn't hear what happened next.
Well this guy was out on the town last night, he came up to one of the teams, which included Natalie and Campbell, Josh was, incidentally, leading the other team last night, and said "thank you for saving my life." It turned out he was taken by ambulance from the Safe Haven to A&E, where he had a brain scan which showed a bleed to his brain.
The teams had the usual sticking plasters, bottles of water. flip flops and lollys last night, and to also hear a story like this, that could have had such a different, tragic outcome but for our teams' intervention, makes me proud to be part of a project that has such exceptional guys, spending many hours, helping total strangers, because they care.
I am not ashamed to say there are tears in my eyes as I write this, well done to each and every one of our volunteers. I say time and time again, I am only asked to speak at events, represent Boro Angels on groups and committees or asked for opinions about the night-time economy from Middlesbrough Council, Cleveland Police and the media because of what this group of people do on a Saturday night, without them Boro Angels are nothing.
As we approach our 10th anniversary in January 2020, we look forward to making a difference for the next 10 years and beyond.
Remember, "It's all about people." God Bless you all.