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Stage is set for Hornsea’s first community awards
    By Andrea Kirk  
       
   

PREPARATIONS are underway for Let’s Go Hornsea’s first community awards on February 22.

The chair of the Let’s Go Hornsea regeneration group, Hilary Rose, said: “The new community awards event is being held to celebrate the valued voluntary work local people tirelessly carry out.”

There are six awards: Lifetime Service, Community Champion, Young Community Champion, Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, Unsung Hero and People’s Choice.

The winners of all but the People’s Choice Award have been chosen and the winners notified. The winners will be made public at the awards ceremony which will be held at Hornsea Golf Club.

The People’s Choice Award has now been shortlisted for judging by the general public and it will be the person or group that receives the most votes who takes the award away on the evening.

The first nominee is Paul Harper who, in three years, has raised over £10,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance despite being registered partially blind. Paul started making models as a hobby and, having worked in farming and then as a tractor mechanic, tractors provided inspiration.

Paul made the models for fun and showed them at agricultural shows. Then one day Paul and his wife witnessed an incident which the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) attended. This provided inspiration for Paul to show his models for donations to the YAA. Paul can regularly be seen showing his models in the entrance to Hornsea Tesco as well as at Skirlington Market and other events to continue to raise money for the YAA.

The second nominees are jointly Pam Curtis and Ben Carrick who both volunteer at Hornsea Youth Club. Their nomination said: “Neither seek publicity but both give endlessly to Hornsea Youth Club despite their own personal obstacles. They have both made a huge voluntary contribution to the twice weekly sessions for both primary and secondary school young people. They exhibit patience and kindness to the young people and are dedicated to maintaining a fun and safe environment for them. Without their input the Hornsea Youth Club wouldn’t be able to operate a safe adult to young person ratio. Outside of the Youth Club they have also taken part in many fundraising activities from bag packs to tombolas.”

The final nominee is Wendy Taylor who has been a British Red Cross volunteer providing first aid training to members of the public for around 38 years.

Twenty five years ago Wendy became a founder member of what is known as the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Response Service (BRCFERS). This provides practical and emotional help to people in an emergency, usually a domestic fire or flood covering not just the Hornsea area, but across the county served by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. Wendy is part of an on-call rota 365 days a year and has been on call approximately one week in four, for approximately 25 years. The Her nomination said: “She brings calm and humour to difficult situations.”

Votes for The People’s Choice Award can be placed online through a link on the Let’s Go Hornsea Facebook page or paper votes can be handed in at The Townhouse on Newbegin and The Wellbeing Studio on Market Place. Voting closes on February 20. However, ticket holders to the event can vote for the People’s Choice Award on the night.

The awards will be presented by the local businesses and organisations that have sponsored each category and will be compared by Tim Drage. Entertainment will be from The Relics. There are a limited number of tickets for the event still available from The Townhouse.

 
         
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