Winners announced in the Local Business Charity Awards

The winners have been named in the Local Business Charity Awards (N.Yorks) sponsored by local insurance broker Jelf.

The event, attended by 80 people, including Jonathan Wild, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of N.Yorkshire was held at St Wilfrid’s Church, Harrogate and was hosted by Stray FM presenter Peter Egerton.

The winner of the Jelf Award, open to nominations from charities with an annual income of over £200,000 a year was High Street TV, nominated by Harrogate District Care (St Michael’s Hospice) who will now receive a £1,000 donation.  The firm was nominated for their valued support including The High Street TV Bake Off, a 12k muddy Total Warrior obstacle run and staff volunteering in shops and across different departments of the charity.

The Harrogate Award, open to nominations from charities with an annual income of under £200,000 a year was won by Harrogate Volkswagen, nominated by Harrogate Supporting Older People.  The local car sales firm were recognised for their outstanding support of SOP including regular transport for Harrogate’s elderly residents to local coffee mornings and hosting a Christmas dinner for 60+ elderly guests at their Harrogate showroom. Supporting Older People will now receive a donation of £1,000.

The Individual Award which recognised the efforts of people from local businesses for their support of a local charity, was won by Michelle Hennon from Sparkling Experiences, nominated by Moorview Rescue, a dog rescue charity in Harrogate.  Michelle walks and cares for dogs from the rescue centre every day, runs the charity’s social media pages and fundraises constantly, organising events from Tea Parties to a Hollywood Ball. Michelle won a weekend away to the value of £300.

The theme for the night was ‘The Best of N.Yorkshire’, with local ‘pay as you feel’ restaurant ‘Resurrected Bites’ from St Mark’s Church, serving only food sewn, grown, harvested and reared in the county.

Tim Mortimer, regional director of sponsor Jelf said, ‘My fellow judges and I would like to congratulate each and every one on your outstanding support of your local charities.  We found your stories uplifting and inspirational and they reminded us that whatever else is going on politically in the world, good people are still looking after their own, right here in N.Yorkshire and we are hugely proud of that and we hope you are too.

‘As you would expect it was very hard to find a winner for each award; all of those who made it to the finals were only a few points away from winning and the end result was very close.  To everyone who participated this year, we say ‘congratulations’, you are doing an outstanding job, we salute you, carry on the good work, you are what makes North Yorkshire a great county to live and work in. Thank you.’

The judges for the awards were:

  • Mr David Kerfoot MBD DL – Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire
  • Andrew Jones MP – (Harrogate and Knaresborough)
  • Tim Mortimer – regional director, Jelf
  • Dr Ruth Smith – main board member of York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Carolyn Frank – North Yorkshire development manager for the Federation of Small Businesses