A prolific fundraiser and deputy head from Oldham who was crowned the region's "teacher of the year" just days before has received yet another accolade during the I Love Manchester Awards.

Steve Hill MBE has countless awards to his name due to his charity work and fundraising efforts.

He often completes extreme challenges to raise money for local and international causes and has even written a book, "What's Next Sir?", to inspire his pupils.

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The deputy headteacher at St Joseph's Primary School in Shaw also met the late Queen Elizabeth II for his services to education in 2015.

However, he now has a further two trophies to add to his impressive cabinet.

On Friday, November 17, he was crowned a winner at the prestigious Educate Awards, bagging the highly coveted "Teacher of the Year Award".

In a battle of the best across the North West, Steve joined dozens of other teachers and influential educators who had been nominated for one of 20 awards during the ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral.

Then, less than a week later on Thursday, November 23, Steve won the "most loved community leader" award at the I Love Manchester Awards held at the Diecast venue on Ducie Street.

The Oldham Times: The inaugural I Love MCR Awards took place at the Diecast venue in ManchesterThe inaugural I Love MCR Awards took place at the Diecast venue in Manchester (Image: Steve Hill)

Steve said: "I still can't quite believe it.

"I'm honoured to have won the 'Most Loved Community Leader' award.

"I was gobsmacked when I heard my name announced at the Educate Awards, too.

"I'm so thrilled and honoured and the children in my class were so excited when I told them on Monday morning.

"I'm proud to have this opportunity to fly the flag for Oldham."

The Fox and Pine pub on Greaves Street was also nominated for an I Love MCR Award in the "most loved pub" category but was pipped in the final by The Black Friar.

The pub said it was unfortunate it didn't win but said "Oldham did well" during the ceremony.

Chris and Michelle Riley, who run The Fox and Pine, also said they were feeling "a bit overwhelmed" to have been crowned a finalist.

They added: "This stuff doesn't happen to pubs in Oldham."

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