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A Royal thank you to North Yorkshire youth

Thirsk-based charity North Yorkshire Youth has been named as one of just forty recipients of a prestigious community award.

The Duke of York’s Community Initiative is presented annually to a small number of Yorkshire-based organisations that are deemed “of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others.”

Originally founded in 1940, North Yorkshire Youth runs an activity centre and supports volunteer-led youth projects in communities across North Yorkshire. Last year the charity provided learning and personal development opportunities for over 14,000 children and young people.

The Community Initiative, which was founded by His Royal Highness The Duke of York in 1998, exists to both encourage and reward innovative and inspirational community projects in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Representatives of North Yorkshire Youth attended an event at Bridlington Spa’s Royal Hall where they were personally presented with their citation by His Royal Highness.

Speaking after receiving the award, North Yorkshire Youth Chief Executive, David Sharp, said:

Our work makes a real difference to the lives of a lot of children and young people, but a lot of it is behind the scenes and difficult to qualify. This award is a true testimony to the hard work of everyone involved in North Yorkshire Youth and a high-profile acknowledgement of our work’s value to North Yorkshire communities.

Photograph: His Royal Highness the Duke of York presents NYY Chief Executive, David Sharp, with the charity’s Community Initiative Award.

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