Charities collect Duke’s royal awards

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Six charities from the Harrogate district received royal recognition from Prince Andrew at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Huddersfield University last week.

The Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award is open to charities and community groups based in Yorkshire. The Award recognises groups which are exceptionally well run and which make a real difference to their local community.

This year Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service, Crossroads Care, Supporting Older People, Saint Michael’s Hospice and AMP Awards travelled to Huddersfield University to collect their Duke of York Award.

Orb Community Arts, a previous recipient of the Award, also received funding from the Community Initiative for a new scheme to support those struggling with stress or anxiety related problems.

The Chief Exec of Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service, Karen Weaver, said: “We were really pleased to be recognised by the Awards scheme for the work we do in the Harrogate District to support charities and community groups.

“When we arrived at the ceremony we were delighted to discover that five other local charities were receiving the Award.”

She added: “Yorkshire covers such a big area and so it is a real testament to the community of Harrogate that six out of the 36 groups receiving an award this year are based in Harrogate.”

Since the scheme was set up the Duke of York’s Community Initiative has recognised 200 charities and community groups throughout Yorkshire.