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 www.yorkshireyoungachievers.co.uk 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)
Launching the 2016 Awards are, from left, ITV Yorkshire Calendar presenter Victoria Whittam, grant recipient Baila Lester, aged six, 2015 Unsung Hero Hannah Wilks and Awards Chairman Peter McCormick OBE