Time to reward the champions of community

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The area’s top award scheme for people and groups whose selfless efforts make a difference to their communities is back for 2013.

The Borough’s Big Thank You Awards, now in its fourth year, are jointly run by Scarborough Council led by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, and The Scarborough News, Whitby Gazette and the Filey & Hunmanby Mercury.

Sue Beckton, left, Allison Blenkinsop

Sue Beckton, left, Allison Blenkinsop

Put your nominations forward and give your unsung heroes their moment in the spotlight, along with these latest entries.

This year nominations will be accepted for the following eight categories: Good Neighbour, Courage over Adversity, Care and Support in the Community, Charitable Fund-Raising, Heritage and Environment, Uniformed Youth Groups and the new Nomination by Teachers.

Borough mayor Cllr Helen Mallory said: “We are eager to pay tribute to those inspiring young people right across the district whose selfless acts make such a difference to others.

“It’s why we have included the new category,so our schools can get behind the Borough’s Big Thank You.

The Voice staged a well attended question and answer session with MP Robert Goodwill at Westborough Methodist Church Hall. Robert Goodwill MP is pictured with Vice Chairman  of Scarborough and District Older Peoples forum Andrea Smith, left, and right, Chairman Audrey Cooke. 120466a Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'27/01/2012

The Voice staged a well attended question and answer session with MP Robert Goodwill at Westborough Methodist Church Hall. Robert Goodwill MP is pictured with Vice Chairman of Scarborough and District Older Peoples forum Andrea Smith, left, and right, Chairman Audrey Cooke. 120466a Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'27/01/2012

“We also want to see our children and young people nominated in other categories, too – we know there are lots of parents, neighbours and community group leaders who see those youngsters making a difference every day and we would be delighted to hear from them.”

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The first entry in the Uniformed Youth Groups category has been nominated by councillor Colin Haddington.

He said: “Once again cadets from Filey Sea Cadets unit performed a silent vigil outside the Memorial Gardens in Filey on November 11, 2012 as they do every year.

“For hour on hour, four cadets stand to attention with their heads bowed to remember and honour our fallen heroes. Cold and shivering, the cadets stick it out for the full day.”

Audrey Cooke, chairman of the Older Persons Forum, and her committee have been recognised for Care and Support in the Community.

Nominee Anne Phillips thanked them for: “the wonderful programme they arrange for indoor meetings and outdoor excursions to stately homes, concerts and theatres.

She added: “Membership is well over 100 and the group is such a welcoming, friendly crowd.

“Audrey has a lovely smile and a pleasant patient manner which must be tried on numerous occasions.

“Audrey and the committee attend many meetings and campaign the plight of the older person.” Although not acquainted with her other nominee, Anne was also moved by the plight of Jude Knight of Whitby, who lost her home in a landslide last year.

She said: “Can you imagine the trauma of having to vacate your precious home in five minutes and the dilemma ‘what should I take’ just a few weeks before Christmas?

“I would like to nominate her for the sadness of being deprived of the roof top view of dear old Whitby, yet being eternally grateful that no one lost their lives or were injured.

“It is wonderful how the generous people have rallied round to offer assistance.”

A fundraising duo who have boosted various charity coffers by more than £33,000 are in the running for the Charitable Fundraising award.

Sue Beckton and Allison Blenkinsop of Goathland, Whitby were nominated by Stuart and Diane Bulman, also from the village, for “their outstanding achievements and commitment.”

They added: “In 2002 Sue and Ali started with the help of the village donating baking, bric a brac, raffles, book and toy stalls in aid of St Mary’s Church from their garden.

“The annual event was so successful that from 2005 they increased it to twice yearly to broaden the distribution to a wider range of charities - Scarborough and Whitby Blind and Autistic societies, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation, the fire station and Macmillan to name but a few.

“They also organise and participate in our village children and adult activities and help other fundraising events.

“Their time and effort are not just on the days of the event but all year round.”