National awards recognition for inspirational Ripon resident

Ripon volunteer Helen Mackenzie.
Ripon volunteer Helen Mackenzie.

The dedication of one of Ripon's most proactive and community-minded residents has been recognised by a prestigious national awards body.

There can't be many community projects that Helen Mackenzie hasn't been involved in over the years - the founder of Ripon City Netball Club, an enthusiastic member of Ripon Lions, and an Olympic torch bearer, to name just a few, Helen has inspired residents of all ages to volunteer and help others.

And Helen's nomination for a British Citizen Award is the latest string to her bow. Up against volunteers from across the country, Helen has been selected for a prestigious certificate of recognition.

The awards panel said: "Helen’s achievement in being nominated for the positive impact and actions she has on society is worthy of recognition and note. It is activities such as Helen’s which makes life in UK communities so much better for many, and Helen should be justifiably proud of being nominated for a British Citizen Award."

Ripon resident Alec Lutton, who has worked on a number of volunteering projects alongside Helen, said: "Helen is a caring, loving person who treats everyone with respect no matter what their position is in life. She gives her free time to help others, and is well worth this nomination."

Delighted to have been nominated, Helen said: "I love Ripon and I love giving back to the community I live in. I have always felt it is so important to volunteer. I am thrilled to have been nominated, especially by someone who isn't even part of my netball club - it means people are realising the benefits that sporting activity has on their wives, girlfriends, mothers and sisters.

"I am incredibly proud of my netball club and all we have achieved, and I feel particularly humbled that someone took time to nominate me. Last month I won the Riponian of the Year award, and now this accolade is really the icing on the cake."