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Stray FM's Local Hero Awards 2018 at Rudding Park in Harrogate

Betty's Good Egg Award Nominations Announced

From hundreds on nomination forms, the Local Hero Awards have been whittled down to finalists from across Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale.

Here are the nominations for the Betty's Good Egg Award.

Helen Potter

Helen is the Chair of Governors at Killinghall Primary School, but she is no ordinary Chair. Helen is often found in the school doing anything from helping the children in Reception, to running the choir, from directing school productions to covering sickness in the office, all without any payment or seeking any recognition. Her colleagues describe her as being willing to do anything for anyone, and that is evidenced by her commitment to cooking lunch for the pensioners club at St Andrews Church in Starbeck every Wednesday. She’s also the inspiration behind the school Charity Concert that takes place at the Royal Hall each year raising over £9000 for local charities. Helen is expected to be “livid” about her nomination, but that just sums up her desire to help others without thinking about the reward or recognition for herself.


Andrew Symonds

The Head Teacher of Richard Taylor Primary School, Andrew was nominated by a large number of his staff who describe him as one of the most inspirational people they’ve worked with. He has made it his mission to get to know every child in his school as individuals, not just data that must improve to make targets. He’ll go the extra mile to make sure his staff are looked after, rearranging diaries to help with family illness, stepping in to cover when needed and even clearing the snow and ice from pathways so the school remains open and safe. Andrew is also there for other members of the education system with other schools often turning to him for support. His passion for learning and for life is infectious to everyone around him.


David and Christine Jones

For more than forty years David and Christine have been delivering milk and other essentials to villagers around Burton Leonard, Markington and Bishop Monkton. Despite the unpredictable Yorkshire weather, they’ve never missed a delivery, even when other more modern delivery services can’t make it, there’s still milk on the doorstep at dawn. They’re never in a rush and often stop to chat with the villagers becoming part of the fabric of their communities, even being described as “local legends”! When those that are in need can’t get out and get their own essentials, David and Christine are there for them. David and Christine know all about the people they deliver to and will often check on the welfare of the sick or the elderly. Delivering milk is not just a job to them, it’s a way of life.


The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the beautiful Rudding Park Hotel on Wednesday 9th May.

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