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Community Pride Awards sponsor wants to hear your stories
A key player in a major York award’s scheme tells KATE LIPTROT why they love to be involved.
Lawrence Christensen, of Benenden Healthcare Society, said it was the third year the not-for-profit mutual healthcare provider had been the major sponsor of the event.
He said: “We are proud of being in partnership with The Press and long may it continue. I would urge people to get involved – we want to hear your stories and who knows where it could lead you as a community group or individual.”
Nominations have already started flooding in and Mr Christensen urged people to continue with their entries for people or groups who deserved recognition for their community efforts.
He said he was especially moved by the story of one of last year’s winners, Doreen Foster, a nurse who works tirelessly to improve the lives of those with motor neurone disease.
Mr Christensen said: “Doreen Foster sticks in my mind because of how inspiring she is. For us, that’s what it’s about – making sure people get the recognition they deserve and thinking about what is going on in our communities.
“The stories of the nominees are genuinely awe-inspiring. They are incredible individuals.
“You need to hear those stories for everyone to take stock sometimes and think of what the most important things in life are and think about what you can do in the community.”
Benenden Healthcare Society, which is based in Holgate and has about 160 employees in York, is not only overall sponsor of the awards, but also a sponsor of the Person Of The Year category.
The Community Pride Awards, which will have a York 800 theme this year, are run in partnership with City of York Council.
You can nominate online by visiting www.yorkpress.co.uk/pride