The search for Yorkshire’s brightest young stars got under way today (Thursday 19 May) with the opening of nominations for the 2011 Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards, sponsored by McCormicks Solicitors of Harrogate.
The quest to find the region’s most deserving under 35-year-olds was launched by Yorkshire actress and former winner Malandra Burrows and one of last year’s winners, George Stocker, who joined ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar team to appeal for nominations.
Awards Chairman Peter McCormick OBE said: “If you know someone who really deserves recognition for what they have achieved, we would be delighted to hear their story. This is the 19th year of the Awards and we have heard about some truly remarkable achievements over the years, not least from the previous winners who joined us today.”
George Stocker, 12, of Little Ribston near Wetherby, was 2010 Youngster of the Year. George has raised nearly £50,000 for Yorkshire children’s cancer charity Candlelighters after battling a brain tumour.
The Awards recognise outstanding young people in the region aged under 35 who have made an impact, whether nationally, regionally or locally. To date they have raised more than £800,000 for youngsters in Yorkshire.
They are open to young people who live, work or were born in Yorkshire and celebrate achievements in the fields of business, sport, education and the arts, in overcoming adversity and achieving fame and fortune. Those with a lower profile have been brought into the limelight thanks to the Unsung Hero award, while there is always a Youngster of the Year to celebrate the achievement of a child under 12.
Nomination forms for the 2011 Yorkshire Young Achievers’ Awards are available on the Awards website at www.yorkshireyoungachievers.co.uk or by ringing Sonia Jones at McCormicks Solicitors on 01423 530630.
Nominations close on 10 September and the winners will be announced at the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards dinner on Thursday 24 November at the Leeds United Conference and Exhibition Centre.
Tickets for the dinner are also now on sale and are available as above.