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Nominations open for 24th Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards

The search for Yorkshire’s brightest and bravest young people in 2016 got off to a flying start today with the launch of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards, sponsored by McCormicks Solicitors of Harrogate.

The 24th Awards will recognise the achievements of outstanding young people in the region aged under 35 who have made an impact, whether nationally, regionally or locally. To nominate a potential winner, just visit the Awards website at or contact Sonia Jones at McCormicks Solicitors on 01423 530630.

The Awards are organised by the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation and have raised more than £1 million to support young people in Yorkshire.

Awards Chairman Peter McCormick OBE said:

We have already seen some great achievements by young people from our region this year and I suspect there will be more to come at the Rio Olympics. The Awards are a way to celebrate such achievements while raising funds to help other young people in Yorkshire to achieve their own successes.

On hand to launch the 2016 Awards was the 2015 Unsung Hero winner and a young grant recipient. Hannah Wilks took the Unsung Hero Award for her work with Marie Curie Cancer Care, while six-year-old Baila Lester received a grant towards a special tricycle designed to help improve her mobility after operations to her legs.

Anyone can nominate a potential winner and the closing date for entries is Friday 9 September. The winners will be announced at the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards dinner on Thursday 17 November at the Leeds United Centenary Pavilion. Tickets for the dinner are also now on sale and are available through the website.

There are eight categories as follows:

  • Personality of the Year (sponsored by Rudding Park)
  • Youngster of the Year (DFS)
  • Unsung Hero (Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Ltd)
  • Achievement in the Arts (Yorkshire Evening Post)
  • Achievement in Education (Positive Tax Solutions LLP)
  • Achievement in Management and Enterprise (The Wetherby Whaler Group)
  • Achievement in Sport (Leeds United Football Club)
  • Special Award (Walsh Taylor)


  • The Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards were founded in 1993 to celebrate the achievement of Yorkshire’s young people, along with raising money for Yorkshire’s children’s charities.
  • Due to the success of the Awards, the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation was founded in 2010 to further support charitable projects for young people in the Yorkshire region.
  • The Foundation’s Trustees are: Peter McCormick OBE (Chairman), Nicola Corp, Sonia Jones, Charlotte McCormick, Ron Miller, Richard Stroud (Vice Chairman), Christine Talbot, Zoe Ward and Duncan Wood.
  • The Foundation is registered in England, Charity No: 1135221.
  • McCormicks Solicitors offers a full range of legal services from its Harrogate base and among its clients are the Premier League, DFS Furniture and Rudding Park.
  • As well as the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards, the firm supports and advises a number of community organisations, including Harrogate and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Harrogate International Festivals.
  • The firm is ranked as one of the leading legal practices in the region and nationally in the UK Legal 500 and Chambers UK, the leading independent guides to the legal profession in England and Wales.
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