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

Nominations announced for Volunteer of the Year Award with HACS Group - 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 HACS Group.

Parkrun Harrogate's

Daniel Ventress

Daniel is an incredibly self-less young man. Despite not being a runner, he has been giving up his time volunteering to enable Harrogate’s incredibly popular Parkrun event to go ahead every Saturday morning. Whatever the weather Dan completes his Saturday paper round before heading to the Stray and giving up his time week in week out. Because of his dedication to the event he has become of the team of Race Directors that lead the team of volunteers that enable the event to happen. He’s the youngest ever Run Director the Harrogate Parkrun has ever had. He’s described by fellow volunteers and park runners as enthusiastic, respected and friendly as he dedicates his time to supporting the health and wellbeing of his local community.


Harrogate Neighbours'

Harrogate Food Angels

A not for profit service, provided by Harrogate Neighbours, providing hot nutritious meals to the elderly in Harrogate & Knaresborough, Harrogate Food Angels is a passionate team of sixty volunteers. In 2017 they delivered of 18,000 meals whilst also performing wellbeing checks on some of the most vulnerable members of our community. The volunteers don’t just drop off food, they’ll help with things like feeding fish and posting letters, providing vital contact to people who sometimes don’t receive any other visitors. The Food Angels summed up their dedication and “no delivery is too big or too small” attitude during the recent heavy snow. The team seconded 4x4s and shovels to make sure they could complete their vital service. The team has been described as invaluable, generous and compassionate by those who need them.



Craig Linton

As a retired police officer, Craig is no stranger to helping others. So, when others may spend their retirement relaxing, Craig has chosen to give up his time and knowledge supporting the students at Horticap, an organisation that provides training in horticulture and rural skills to adults with disabilities. Craig has thrown himself into his role doing everything from fundraising to wearing silly jumpers and even selling the odd Christmas tree or two. Craig’s tireless enthusiasm and energy have made him a wonderfully valued member of Horticap’s team of volunteers.


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

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