Linley & Simpson sponsor this year's Charity Fundraiser of the Year category at the York Community Pride Awards

A BUSINESS involved in this year's Community Pride awards has encouraged people to nominate local heroes who go out of their way to help others.

The Charity Fundraiser Of The Year category, which recognises innovative fundraising and the personal effort of individuals, is being sponsored by residential letting agent Linley & Simpson.

Director Will Linley said: “There is no shortage of fundraising talent or innovation across York and North Yorkshire and these awards will bring some shining examples of this to the fore.

“As a company, charity is very close to our heart and we have supported many good causes in every corner of the community since we launched 15 years ago.

“And we're poised to link up with Martin House Children's Hospice at Boston Spa in a new initiative that all our clients can share in.

“We're delighted to be involved in these Community Pride awards, as they will be a showcase for highlighting the amazing feats achieved by groups and individuals - and, more importantly, how their efforts have made such a positive difference to the lives of so many in our community.”

Linley & Simpson is Yorkshire's largest dedicated letting agent, with a network of nine interlinked offices including Micklegate in York, Harrogate, Ripon and Wetherby.

Last year, the title of Charity Fundraiser Of The Year was taken by 22-year-old Harry Baines after judges heard the remarkable efforts he had gone to for charity.

Harry underwent intensive treatment to overcome the aggressive cancer lymphoma, and as soon as he was able started planning and then embarked on a 1,000-mile bike ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and the automotive charity BEN.

Harry was said by judges to have shown “incredible determination and personal effort” in his endeavours to help others.

The Community Pride Awards is run by The Press in partnership with City of York Council. Its principal sponsor is Benenden Health.

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