Neonatal nurse Jo Chubb will be taking part in the Olympic torch relay next month.
She is due to carry the torch on Sunday 17 June during the Middlesbrough leg of its journey around the UK. Ms Clubb works in the neonatal unit at James Cook University Hospital.
She was nominated for the honour by former colleague, Sue Seargeant, in recognition of her fundraising efforts over the years and for changing careers to become a neonatal nurse.
Ms Clubb started her working life at an engineering company but chose to swap career after her daughter Emily spent much of her first two years’ of life in hospital.
After undergoing nurse training at Teesside University, she started work for South Tees, initially at the Friarage special care baby unit and now at the neonatal unit at James Cook.
Charity work has always been part of her life. This includes raising money for Zoë’s Place, Cancer Research UK, Sports Relief and spinal injuries charity Aspire.
Ms Clubb said: “I now work in an area of nursing I love and can give something back to those in a similar situation. Carrying the Olympic torch is going to be one of the most memorable occasions of my life and it is an honour.
“I find it hard to view what I do as anything extraordinary as I feel have only done what most mums would, take care and provide for their children.
“So I find it immensely humbling to think that what I do and have achieved was noticed by a friend and acknowledged, I still don’t think it has sunk in.”