THREE fundraisers from York, including a 10-year-old girl, have been nominated for a prestigious award in recognition of their selfless work.

Daisy Mitcham-Harding, Jade Sweeting and Jean Prior are all in the running for a Community Pride Award, in the Charity Fundraiser of the Year category.

Daisy, 10, of Patterdale Drive, Rawcliffe, has been raising funds for the MPS Society after her cousin Danny Molloy, 5, was diagnosed with Hunters - a rare and life limiting genetic condition. Hunters is one of the diseases the MPS Society helps.

So far, the Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School pupil has raised more than £1,000 for the MPS Society through pompom sales.

She has been making the pompoms with the help of her friends and her grandma.

Her mum Jenny Mitcham, who nominated her for the award, said: "She loves her little cousin and wants to do all she can to help him. She has been doing this by raising money for the charity that has been supporting his family through the diagnosis and treatments."

Jade Sweeting, 31, of Danebury Drive, Acomb, has been nominated by Christine Thornhill, who said: "This lady never ceases to amaze me. Mother of three children, mobile hairdresser. I always wonder where she finds the time to fit so much into her busy life. The charity work she arranges is unbelievable for so many different causes.

"She does kick boxing and has raised money for charity through doing this. She has also arranged ladies only nights for charity. She totally lives life to the full and as a heart of gold."

Among the events that Mrs Sweeting has organised is a family fun day at the Beagle pub in Foxwood. This raised £1,500 towards a £10,000 appeal to help buy high-tech equipment for quadriplegic boy Marcus Jefferson, of Dunnington, so he can communicate by moving his eyes.

She has also helped organise two ladies nights for the Stephen Siller Foundation in America and has taken part in two boxing matches at Legions Gym in York, which helped raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit at York Hospital.

Nominated by her friend Sandra Vardy, Jean Prior, of Boroughbridge Road, is a registered volunteer for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and raises funds for the charity.

To do this, she sells goods at car boot sales, organises quiz nights at the Lord Nelson pub, in Nether Poppleton, and White Horse pub, in Upper Poppleton, and runs a stall at York Hospital about six days a year.

Sandra said: "Jean does all the hard work, collecting, sorting, pricing herself.

"She gives so much of her time to others."

Mrs Prior has helped raise about £35,000 in total for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

In the past, she has also helped raise more than £50,000 for St John's Catholic School for the Deaf in Boston Spa, and a lot of money for the RNLI and for The Goodricke Appeal Fund For Deaf Children, based at York Hospital.

The Community Pride Awards are run by The Press with City of York Council and the primary sponsor is York-based healthcare organisation Benenden.

Nominees must live in, or contribute to life in the City of York Council area, and finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony at York Racecourse in October. Entries must be sent to York Community Pride Awards, The Press, 84-86 Walmgate, York, YO1 9YN, or online at before Friday, July 21.