The winners of this year’s Harrogate and District Volunteering Oscars have been revealed.
Winners were announced at a ceremony at Harrogate’s Old Swan Hotel on Friday.
This year marked the ninth event and over the years over 2,500 volunteers from across the district have been recognised for the fantastic work they carry out.
John Fox set up the Awards in his Mayoral Year 2008/9 in partnership with the Volunteer Centre at Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service and the Harrogate Advertiser Series.
Together they promote the nominations, run the judging panel and organise the ceremony, but as John explained, “It would not have been possible to continue to hold the event each year without the superb support from David Ritson and his staff at the Old Swan Hotel, Mark Flood and Knaresborough based Orb Enterprises, and Harrogate Borough Council.”
Another vital ingredient of the Volunteering Oscars is the generous support of the individual Award Partners.
Pam Roberts and the PPR Residential Properties support the Care Volunteer Award, Harrogate Town AFC supports the Sports Volunteer of the Year and Yorkshire Business Market, organisers of the successful Harrogate Christmas market, supports the Corporate Engagement Award.
Local company CNG is committed to working in the community and supports the New Volunteer Award and a new Partner for this year is Covance, who won the Corporate Engagement Award last year and are now committed to supporting the Volunteering Oscars.
Young Volunteer of the year
Winner: Amy Honeyset
Highly Commended: Rebecca Payling, Lisa Bentham, Ripon Museums Young Volunteers, Izabelle Birchall, Katie Lee Abbot
Care Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Tracie Howe and Rita Whitwham
Highly Commended: Aileen Fletcher
Community Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Lizzie Hughes
Highly Commended: Jenny Graham, Pat Anderson
Environment Volunteer of the year
Winner: Nidderdale AONB Walling Group
Highly Commended: Philomena Noonan
Winner: Nicole Turner
Highly Commended: Tom Hildreth, Julie Puttock
Winner: Nidderdale AONB Conservation Group
Unsung hero - Harrogate
Winner: Oliver Stables
Highly Commended: Lisa Madden
Unsung hero - Knaresborough
Winner: Karen Tennant and Normal Smales
Highly Commended: Matti Ward and Muriel Smith
Unsung hero - Ripon and Boroughbridge
Winner: Tony Hirst and Pam Corp
Highly Commended: Anna Wallin and Ripon Old Cars
Unsung hero - Nidderdale
Winner: Yvonne Dale Winder
Highly Commended: Mel and Sue Welch, Jerry Anderson
New Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Graham Wood and Steven Ware
Trustee of the Year
Winner; Martyn Weller
Organisation of the Year
Winner: Harrogate and District Samaritans
Highly Commended: Harrogate Easier Living Project, Soroptomists International of Harrogate and District
Corporate Engagement Award
Highly Commended: Sainsbury’s
Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Paul Ivison
Highly Commended: Jackie Green, Robert Cansick, Sandra Monkman Charlton
Winner: Brian Rushton