A YORK charity has been chosen to receive a Duke of York's award for their community work.

The Duke of York's Community Initiative is a royal award presented to community projects based in Yorkshire.

The York Blind and Partially Sighted Society - which celebrates its 40th birthday next year - was chosen following a rigorous selection process and a visit by assessors late last year.

Charity chief executive Ashley Mason said: "The assessment process was tough, and I am so pleased all our hard work has been recognised in this way.

"My team put so much effort into supporting those with sight loss, enabling them to live as independently as possible with dignity.

Ashley and his volunteers will be presented with their award by HRH Prince Andrew at a reception at Sheffield cathedral in April.

The Blind and Partially Sighted Society helps visually impaired people in York with advice, information and a range of specialist services.

They support over 2,000 people in the city each year. For more information visit https://ybpss.org/.