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The Child of Courage Award

 

 
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Winner:
Katie Jackson
Katie is 11 years old and is the carer for her Mum who is severely visually impaired and suffering from MS. She does everything possible for her Mum despite being ill herself. Katie herself has had severe heart problems from a young age and as a result,  is about to undergo major heart surgery, she is also partially deaf and suffers from dyslexia.

Shortlisted:

George Mason
When George was born, he began a big and brave battle after being diagnosed with a serious condition which needed both a Tracheostomy and a Gastrostomy. He needed several operations on his vocal cords to help him breathe as his airway wasn’t growing as it should have done. In spite of being told he would struggle to talk or run around like his peers, he tries his hardest to succeed and plays football for Pannal Ash under 9’s. George is described as gorgeous, brave, fun, loving and a fighter.

Sam Gibson

Two years ago, Sam’s Mum went into hospital for a routine operation and unfortunately was left blind and will never regain her sight. Since then, Sam has become his Mum’s carer, he is an exceptional young man who juggles caring for his Mum with school where he is involved wholly and works hard to achieve well. Sam is a caring young man and a young person who everyone thinks a great deal of.

Laura Izitt
Laura was diagnosed with cancer in her leg last October. Despite treatment to reduce the tumour, earlier this year she was told her leg would have to be amputated. Laura is a member of the Sea Cadets and has stayed strong and positive throughout, she is just a normal kid, constantly smiling and cannot wait to get her new prosthetic leg fitted so she can start doing sports again.

 

 
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The Sporting Achievement Award

 

 
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Winner:
Emma Powell
Emma, aged 13, is a climber, it is an all-weather sport  and she travels far and wide to compete. In February, Emma recently competed in the 2014 World Youth Ice Climbing Championships in Champagny-en-Vanoise, France. Climbers from ten member federations participated in the event, Emma representing the GB team came 3rd, meaning she is now ranked 3rd in the world in the Youth Ice World Cup in the under 16s category.
Emma loves and lives for climbing. Without doubt she wants to be the best - her dedication is second to none.

Shortlisted:
Andrew Rigby
Andrew won a bronze medal in the Tomiki Aikido World Championships in Japan 2013. He spent all of 2012 and 2013 training to be the best he can be, even taking on extra work, no less than three jobs, to fund his training and the trip to Japan. He has dedicated himself to the martial arts sport Aikido, his dedication is fantastic.

Thomas Henley
Thomas has achieved world ranking in Taekwondo and is about to join the GB training squad. He is the Harrogate Borough centenary award winner for two years. Thomas is now an ambassador for Harrogate Borough Council, he has achieved silver in nationals and Holland. He wants to make people proud and enjoys being a role model for young people.

Jonty Warneken
Jonty became the first disabled ‘Ice Mile’ swimmer ever, proving that disability is no barrier to success. This is a serious challenge to swim a mile in less than five degrees water, fewer than 100 people worldwide have completed this challenge to date. Jonty has put disability swimming on the map globally and inspired the disabled soldiers in Catterick and the UK to take up swimming.  Jonty’s favourite phrase is “Complete not Compete”.

 

 
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Volunteer of the year Award

 

 
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Winner:
Colin and Wendy
Colin and Wendy have taught swimming for Starbeck’s centenary swimming club voluntarily for over 25 years. Colin also trains all the club’s lifeguards voluntarily for the Royal Life Saving Society. Both are also community first responders.
They have taught thousands of children in Harrogate to swim, described as committed, generous, caring, fantabulously brilliant!!!

Shortlisted:
Alan Walgate
Alan is a founding member of the Knaresborough Lions Club. He has been involved in all their major activities for 27 years and was the driving force behind the Knaresborough Millennium Trail. The Great Knaresborough Bed Race is Alan’s major passion, he has an amazing inner drive to helping people.

Harrogate Food Angel Volunteers
This wonderful team of 24 volunteers deliver hot homemade meals to around 80 vulnerable and elderly  people every day. As well as delivering the meals, they have a wonderful rapport with their elderly clients, check their wellbeing and generally help in the day to day tasks like feeding fish or posting a letter.

Mike Collier - Scotton Scorchers
Mike is one of the founders of Scotton Scorchers JFC and Nidd Utd. He has been a MAJOR influence in developing girls football for over 10 years in Yorkshire and has given hundreds of children the opportunity to take part in sport. He has helped raise £70,000 to build the club’s new pavilion and the club has been awarded ‘Charter Standard Development Club of the Year 2013’ recognised by the FA.

 

 
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The Bravery Award

 

 
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Winner:
Lucy Morgan
Lucy was involved in an explosion resulting in 25% burns. She is undergoing a series of skin-grafts on both legs, one arm, a hand and her face. Pre-accident, Lucy was runner up as Miss Harrogate and has had to postpone plans to enter Miss Leeds this year, her motive to raise awareness for the charity Harrogate Skills for Living.

Shortlisted:
Michael Ward
Michael woke up when he heard the smoke alarm going off to find his family home on fire. He rescued his wife, two sons and their dog with his brave and selfless actions that night. The fire brigade said that Michael’s actions saved his family with his quick thinking. He is kind, generous, loving, thoughtful and amazing!

Emilie & Alfie Elsworth
Emilie and Alfie were at home with their Mum when she was suddenly taken ill with epilepsy. Aged just 9 and 6, they managed to get help which medics say probably saved their mother’s life. Mum Andrea describes her two children as brave, clever, caring, responsible and amazing!

Charlotte Bartle
Last year, Charlotte was diagnosed with a brain tumour, it was a complete shock to all of her family. She has shown outstanding bravery following an operation and ongoing treatment, she has smiled and kept going throughout.

Ben Bolton

Not only has Ben been through cancer and a neurological disorder, he has been an amazing husband and father.  He has helped his wife and father through their own health issues, as well as being an exceptional teacher at his school.

 

 
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Good Neighbour Award

 

 
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Winner:
Christine Robinson
For over 30 years, Christine has done everything from posting letters, shopping, washing, taking out the bins to clearing snow off drives. She gives practical and emotional support too in times of illness or bereavement including helping a neighbour after a fall during the night. She gives out Christmas presents to the children and she even stopped a burglar from breaking into a neighbour’s house!

Shortlisted:
Elizabeth Dudley
Even though Elizabeth has two daughters, one aged 5 being severely disabled , she still has time for others. She often will make a meal for those on their own, her baking is well-known in the village!  Elizabeth is loving, caring, concerned, reliable and helpful.

Olga Whitaker
Olga was nominated by her granddaughter who describes her Nan as helpful, kind, generous, caring and friendly. Olga helps her elderly neighbours by checking up on them to see if they are OK, she cuts their grass, and hedges when they can’t and even takes any spare food round – she does it from the kindness of her heart.

Gayle Wise
Gayle helped to coordinate the Harrogate Fire Appeal (recently on Albert Street) and reacted quickly to offer support and involve the whole community  in fundraising. Gayle showed true community spirit and compassion throughout for the many local residents affected.

 

 
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The Teacher of the Year Award

 

 
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Winner:
Judith Holliday
Judith has been head teacher at Embsay Primary school for over 13 years. During this time, she has taken the school from strength to strength achieving an ‘outstanding’ standard according to Ofsted. She takes time to get to know each and every single pupil and their parents.  One parent said: “Mrs Holliday is undoubtedly the most amazing, caring and contentious head teacher I have ever had the pleasure to know.”

Shortlisted:
Max Mills
Mr Mills has been nominated by one of his students for being an exceptional sports teacher. Having cerebral palsy and only the use of one hand,  he says that Mr Mills has coached, guided and encouraged him to participate in several sports. He works extremely hard, gives up his weekends to coach students and shows faith in his students of all abilities. Mr Mills really cares about his students, it is not just a job.

Helen Leaf
Helen teaches music to children aged 2 to 11 at Brackenfield School and inspires everyone from the children, the parents to the other staff at the school. Helen writes her own songs, puts on countless school productions, runs an infant and junior choir taking them to festivals and homes for the elderly, she also runs a Harrogate musical theatre group DANSING where people of all ages have won prestigious awards.  The children LOVE Helen’s outgoing character, she is a truly inspirational lady who quietly goes about her work, she gives everyone the chance to shine and is a great team member.

Alison Sheldon

Ally is a teaching assistant working in a small village primary school, she has been nominated for her tireless work to develop and increase the participation in sport. It began during the Olympic year when Ally entered the school for a bid to get a grant from the British Olympic organisation and was successful! She used the money to organise a sports day for her own and five more small rural primary schools. Furthermore, she won another two bids from the organisation which led her to taking eight children to London to act as Guards of Honour in the Olympics opening ceremony. She is now the sports coordinator for the school and has used the latest bid to fund a sports council for 10 primary schools. Ally is passionate about sport, the children and their achievements.

 

 
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Charity Fundraiser of the year Award

 

 
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Winner:
Fiona Martin
Fiona is the founder of the charity ‘Friends of Alfie Martin’ which she set up after losing her own child. Fiona has raised a phenomenal amount to support babies in hospital, in spite of her own tragedy, she has made the lives of others and their babies better.  Fiona just cares, it is completely rare to find such a selfless individual that puts your needs before their own.

Shortlisted:
Rebecca Lawrence
Rebecca was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2012. After treatment and operations,  she was told it was incurable. Aged just 25, Becca has been a true inspiration to everyone around her. Since being diagnosed, Becca has campaigned endlessly to raise awareness  and has raised over £12,000 for PETAL and Bosom Buddies charities. Becca is inspirational, selfless, heroic, generous and saintly.

Corrina Young
Corrina has raised money for several charities and has helped  support our local vulnerable and homeless people. She has organised events including events to enable the opening of a soup kitchen on a regular basis, even sleeping on the streets herself. Corrina is an inspirational, amazing, charitable, independent superwoman!

 

 
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The Parent/Guardian Award

 

 
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Winner:
Michelle Martin
Michelle goes above and beyond to be the best parent ever. Her daughter was born with a cleft palate and diagnosed with Pierre Robin syndrome which causes breathing difficulties. Her son has an undiagnosed psychological problem which causes disruption with both home and school life.
Michelle always put others first, she volunteers at a Saint Michael’s Hospice shop and is fondly known as ‘Nanny McPhee’ as she looks after friends’ children too. She works hard to be a brilliant Mum.

Shortlisted:
Claire Waterhouse
Claire suffers from fibromyalgia which can make her very tired and run-down but she still manages to be a fantastic Mum to her three children. This super mum also makes time to help others by approaching local businesses to donate to the local food bank, she collects food and delivers it to the food bank every weekend to help those in need. Claire is a great friend and a fantastic mother.

Janet Cartright
Janet has been nominated by Stephanie for literally changing her life by becoming her mother figure when they had no family of their own. She has helped her gain a degree, taught her about nutrition so that she can manage her health better as she suffers from M.E. In Stephanie’s words, Janet has “rescued her from an empty existence”.

Linda Biagioni
Linda has been nominated by her two daughters, she is Mum to them and their brother who has learning disabilities and she is also the foster carer of two teenage girls aged 16 and 17. Linda  is an amazing Mum and fundraiser supporting many charities such as cancer research and the homeless, she also volunteers for community events, as well as being a parent to five children. Her daughters describe her as iron-willed, unlimited, devoted, kind and perfect!

 

 
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The Best Charitable Company Award

 

 
 

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Winner:
The Coniston Hotel

The family run Coniston Hotel goes the extra mile for local charities. In the last  year, they have raised over £75,000 to support the likes of Sue Ryder, the Manorlands Hospice and Candlelighters. They have organised off-roading with Land Rover, archery, target golf, clay pigeon shooting and a falconry display. Their efforts enabled Candlelighters to pay for 50 family holidays for children with cancer.
The Coniston is at the heart of its community and wants to be the best ‘corporate citizen’ it can be, believing a thriving business can give a lot back to others. They are described as warm-hearted, generous, community-spirited, motivating, fun-loving.

Shortlisted:
Berwins Solicitors
The team at Berwins have made 2014 a year where their team can nominate a charity each month, personal to them supporting 12 charities across the year. They have been doing various fundraising activities such as bakeathons, Sport Relief swimathons, sponsored walks and even guessing the sex of Cheryl’s new baby! The company match funds the money raised for each activity, supporting numerous charities like the Alzheimer’s Society, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Cancer Research UK, Saint Michael’s Hospice, Disability Action Yorkshire, involving many of their partners including Paul Berwin who has raised over £40,000 himself for charities. The Berwins brand and ethos is about caring passionately for their people, their clients, their work and their community. 

Ripon Farm Services:
This family business run by Geoff Brown is a great business where family values are still of great importance. They support numerous charities and  their community in several ways. Their showroom is used to host charity events across the year, they work closely with the Young Farmers,  hold Macmillan coffee mornings, donate raffle prizes, have done skydiving and a coast to coast bike ride for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. To support their community,  they lend vehicles to the police and ambulance service in extreme weather conditions to ensure they can respond to call-outs.  Geoff inspires a team who like himself are generous, compassionate and caring.

 

 
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The Emergency Services Award

   
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Winner:
The Intensive Home Treatment Team - Briary Wing Harrogate Hospital

The person who nominated this team describes in his words why he nominated this team:
“Members of this team recently helped me get through one of the lowest periods of my life. They actually stopped me taking my own life.”
He adds that “few people know they are there working tirelessly day in day out to pull people back from the brink of desperation, members of this team see their patients in all weathers on a daily basis and they treat you with dignity and respect when you just don’t feel you deserve any”.
Mental illness is becoming more acknowledged in society but this dedicated team work tirelessly in area that still holds a stigma for many.

Shortlisted:
William McKee:
William has been nominated by his daughter for almost 45 years of service at Harrogate District Hospital working as a porter. William is dedicated to his job, and has worked with commitment, dedication and hard work for almost four-and-a-half decades of unbroken service to the NHS. He works all different shift patterns, as most hospital staff do, but always with a smile on his face. His daughter states that “although his job is not seen as exciting, the hospital wouldn’t be able to run without people like her Dad William – the hospital wouldn’t be the same without him”.

   
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Once again, a big thank you to all those involved.

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