Richmondshire’s unsung heroes have been recognised in a special awards ceremony.
Eight awards were made in the district council’s ‘Making a Difference in Richmondshire’ awards last week (April 23).
Joint winner of the Young Person of the Year award went to Aaron Auton who provides an invaluable service to the people of Brompton-on-Swale by collecting and delivering their papers when the village shop discontinued this service and Sam Woodgate a Youth Worker who constantly seeks new ways to encourage young people to ultimately increase their confidence and independence.
There were three winners of the Volunteer of the Year award - Prudence Nunn who runs Colburn Amateur Dramatics and ensures the Village Hall continues to survive, Dr Jagannath Sharma who is recognised for being the face of the Nepali community and for promoting cross cultural understanding among different communities and Martyn and Sue Coates who are an integral part of the Croft on Tees community, organising many events and always willing to help.
Hayley Elliott form Gilling West took the Carer of the Year award for her dedication and caring nature and for going above and beyond what is required of her.
Leyburn Tourist Information Volunteers and Leyburn Library Volunteers were joint winners of the Community Group of the Year for ensuring that two valuable assets have been retained in Leyburn.
Richmond YMCA – New Horizon Project and Richmondshire Gymnastics Club were joint winners of the Community Initiative of the Year.
And Joint winners of the Sustainable Project of the Year award went to Thoralby Parish Council and Gilling West Parish Council for their Flood Prevention Schemes.
Green Project of the Year award went to Just the Job Environmental Enterprise - an excellent not-for-private-profit social enterprise and charity, which provides employment, education and work based training and social opportunities for vulnerable and/or disadvantaged people.
Business of the Year award went to Richard Sanderson, an active businessman from Leyburn who works to ensure that the Town has a thriving business for the benefit of all business, residents and other visitors
And Parish Council Project of the Year award went to Hawes & High Abbotside Parish Council for their play park project.