Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards mark 25th anniversary

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England manager Gareth Southgate, actress Gaynor Faye and soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment were amongst 400 guests who gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards last week.

Halifax soprano Lizzie Jones was named Personality of the Year for her tireless campaigning and fundraising for better heart care for sportspeople after the tragic death of her Welsh International Rugby League player husband, Danny, on the pitch.

The Awards, sponsored by McCormicks Solicitors of Harrogate, mark the achievements of young people in eight categories, from the Arts to Sport, and are organised by the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation which has now raised more than £1.2m to support young people in Yorkshire.


As well as Gaynor Faye, previous winners among the guests included Kelvin Fletcher, Bailey Matthews and last year’s Youngster of the Year, Lucy Sherman, who performed at the opening reception.

The Chairman of the Awards, Peter McCormick OBE, said:

Once again we had some wonderful winners with some truly inspiring stories of courage and determination and it proved a very fitting way to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

These Awards are also our main fundraiser of the year and none of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors and our guests, most of whom have been with us for many years.

 

Achievement in Management and Enterprise winner Russell Bisset receives his award from Caroline Murphy of sponsors The Wetherby Whaler
Achievement in Management and Enterprise winner Russell Bisset receives his award from Caroline Murphy of sponsors The Wetherby Whaler

 

Dally Purewal receives the Achievement in Education Award from Stephen Burwood of Wetherby-based sponsors Positive Tax Solutions
Dally Purewal receives the Achievement in Education Award from Stephen Burwood of Wetherby-based sponsors Positive Tax Solutions

 

Dawn Elkington, Zoe Webber, Sara-Lamper, Sonia Jones and Elaine Lightfoot
Dawn Elkington, Zoe Webber, Sara-Lamper, Sonia Jones and Elaine Lightfoot

 


 

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Dipesh Mistry, Amy Richardson, Sarah Riley, Duncan Cunningham and John Dodgson

 

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Gareth Southgate, Peter McCormick and Duncan Wood

 

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Jessica Mayho, Dipesh-Mistry and Jemma Hilliger

 

Achievement in the Arts winner Alfie Clarke receives his Award from Martin Gerrard of sponsors Barclays
Achievement in the Arts winner Alfie Clarke receives his Award from Martin Gerrard of sponsors Barclays

 

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Judy Thompson, Charles Mills, Jill Mills and Angela North

 

 

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Peter McCormick, Gaynor Faye, Richard Stroud and Bailey Matthews

 

Personality of the Year Lizzie Jones receives her award from Awards Chairman Peter McCormick and Peter Banks, Managing Director of sponsors Rudding Park
Personality of the Year Lizzie Jones receives her award from Awards Chairman Peter McCormick and Peter Banks, Managing Director of sponsors Rudding Park

The full line up of winners was:

Personality of the Year, sponsored by Rudding Park – Lizzie Jones of Halifax

Youngster of the Year, sponsored by GMI Property – Evie Addelman, 12, of Leeds

Achievement in the Arts, sponsored by Barclays – Alfie Clarke, ten, of Huddersfield

Achievement in Management and Enterprise, sponsored by The Wetherby Whaler Group – Russell Bisset of Northern Monk Brew Company in Leeds

Achievement in Sport, sponsored by Leeds United Football Club – Jennifer Lee, 20, of Farnhill near Keighley

Achievement in Education, sponsored by Positive Tax Solutions – Dally Purewal of Leeds

Unsung Hero, sponsored by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions – Olivia Rylands, 14, of Hull

Special Award, sponsored by Walsh Taylor – Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood

 

 

 


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