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

Nominations announced for Charity Fundraiser of the Year Award with Harrogate Neighbours - Stray FM's Local Hero Awards

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

Here are the nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by Harrogate Neighbours

Sara Wilson

Sara is tireless in her dedication to raising money to help children and their families who are suffering with Ependymoma, a rare childhood cancer, all over the world. Having lost her son Chris at the age of 21 after a thirteen-year battle, Sara decided to set up the Fighting Ependymoma website. Each year she holds an all-day music gig, around the date of her son’s birthday, at Bilton Working Men’s Club to raise funds. She also organises a Christmas Fair and family day, with all the funds going to the Fighting Ependymoma cause. Sara has taken an awful, life changing event and used it to benefit others locally and around the globe. She’s convinced that one day a cure for Ependymoma will be found and will continue fighting until it is.

Graham Wilson

Graham is a member of the Harrogate Neighbourhood Policing Team, but it’s his life outside of work that makes him extraordinary. Over the last five years Graham has raised almost £10,000 for various charities including Macmillan and the British Heart Foundation. He’s raised money to purchase medical supplies for Africa and for a scouts trip to Japan to help a Harrogate theatre group. His future activities include “The Death March”, a 65 mile ultra race and, when he retires from the police in 2019 he will be aiming to complete 100 marathons in 100 days. Graham isn’t shy in getting others involved with the fundraising, with teams from across the police service entering into his numerous charity football matches. 

Freddie Brook, Charlotte Deniz &Tom Deniz

Freddie’s best friend Elliott was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in 2016. Despite this shocking news, Freddie wanted to do something positive for Elliott and decided to raise money for Candlelighters, a charity which fights children’s cancer. He enlisted his friends Tom and Charlotte and they each swam the equivalent of the English Channel over 9 days in their Christmas holidays. That’s over 150 lengths a day! Their initial target was to raise £500 each, but the total amount raised in Elliott’s name was almost £15,000. Eliott’s battle against cancer was a huge inspiration to the swimmers and he was hugely proud of their achievement. Elliott sadly passed away in March of this year, but Freddie, Charlotte and Tom hope that the money they raised can help others in Elliott’s position in the future.

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

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