Oct 15 2009: High Sheriff to honour South Yorkshire's volunteers

THE search is on for the South Yorkshire volunteer who has given the most and made the greatest difference to their community.
For the 17th year running, the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire is looking for those unsung heroes who give their time and dedication to great causes with no thought of reward.
For the person who wins the award there’s a £500 prize, provided by the James Neill Trust Fund, to be given to the charity of the winner’s choice.
And for the best volunteer under the age of 18, there’s a prize of £250, again to be given to the good cause of their choice.
“As I travel around South Yorkshire meeting people from all walks of life I am constantly surprised by the level of dedication displayed by volunteer workers of all ages,” said High Sheriff Helena Muller.
“These are people who, with absolutely no thought for themselves, give their time unstintingly to help others in their communities and who work on a vast range of community projects, putting in the sort of time and effort well in excess of what would normally be expected from a volunteer.
“The sort of person I am looking for is the one who really has gone that extra mile and made a genuine difference to the world around them.
“As a person who works in the charity sector myself I know just how much effort people are prepared to give and that’s the sort of effort I want this award to reflect.”
Nominations can come from anybody, either individuals or organisations.
Entry is simple – all you have to do is explain in no more than 1,000 words or two sides of A4 paper what makes your nominee so special.
Included in the information should be the name and address of proposer, the name, age and address of the person being nominated along with details of the community involved, the nature of the work being done and the value of that work to the community.
The award is open to people of any age, who live or work in South Yorkshire and have given service to their community for at least 18 months prior to the award closing date.
Entries should be sent to Helena Muller, High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Slade Hooton Hall, Nr Laughton-en-le-Morthen, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 1YQ, or by email to Helena@lostchord.fsnet.co.uk. The closing date is January 29, 2010.
Ten finalists will chosen by a panel headed by the High Sheriff and they will be invited to attend a ceremony at Doncaster’s Mansion House on March ??.
“This for me is one of the most important events of my year of office,” said Helena. “I am extremely proud to be associated with these awards and am looking forward to meeting all the finalists, the ten representatives of the level of dedication that all South Yorkshire’s volunteers display in their work.”

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