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

Nominations announced for Teacher of the Year Award with Kip McGrath - Stray FM's Local Hero Awards

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 Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by the Kip McGrath Education Centres in Harrogate and Skipton.

Holy Trinity Infant School in Ripon's

Amy Bell

Amy works at Holy Trinity Infant School in Ripon as a one to one support for an autistic child. Her dedication to her job is evident from the personalised care she gives, helping with difficult behaviour outside of school hours and even providing small gifts to brighten their day. Amy’s selfless nature means she puts the needs of the child in her care before her own, whatever is happening in her own life. Despite attending the ill-fated concert in Manchester last year, she was still at the school the next morning to provide the care needed for the child she works with, as if nothing had happened. She’s described by parents as the most honest, genuine, caring teacher they’ve met.

Rossett School, Harrogate's

Ricky O'Sullivan

Ricky is a PE teacher at Rossett School in Harrogate. His nomination comes from a very personal story, thanks to the incredible level of support he gave to a young person in his care. Chloe Bellerby has spoken publicly recently over her battle with depression, which included attempting to take her own life. Ricky became aware of Chloe’s situation and took the teenager under his wing. Chloe feels strongly that Ricky’s passion for helping her and his relentless attempts to stop her from harming herself, genuinely saved her life. Ricky worked as Chloe’s councillor during her recovery and helped her to secure a job she loves in a sport she loves, football. With Ricky’s support, Chloe now campaigns for mental health awareness and is taking up a football scholarship in New Jersey next year.

JS Karate Academy's

James Scanlon

James has run his own karate club across North Yorkshire for the last four years, which is impressive given he is only 22 years old! Having practiced the martial art since he was 6 he decided to set up his own club and now runs sessions in five different locations in the county with around 200 students aged 5-53. A tremendous achievement in such a short time, and testament to James’ quality of teaching with students of all ages and backgrounds. James is also a nationwide teacher, as the England Karate Federation’s Head Youth Coach, meaning that his students quickly get opportunities to compete at national and international level. James can’t attend the Local Hero Awards this year, as his own ability means he’s competing at European level in Serbia. James’ achievements at such a young age and in such a short space of time are nothing short of extraordinary.

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

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