Inspirational doctor recognised in search for Yorkshire heroes


    Nominations have opened for next year's Yorkshire Choice Awards, which will include a new honour in memory of a "true heroine". The Kate Granger Award for Outstanding Achievement is named after the doctor who lost her brave battle with cancer last month, aged 34.


    She inspired others with her vibrant personality, determination and a campaign called 'Hello My Name Is' to improve communication between doctors and patients.

    Jo Maltby, co-founder of the Yorkshire Choice Awards, said: "Kate was a true heroine, and if we can find someone with a pinch of her devotion and intrepid passion, they will be very special indeed.

    "Our Awards celebrate all that is good in Yorkshire and Kate was as good as it gets."

    The Awards were launched by Jo, also founder of #wetherbyhour on Twitter, and Melanie Malcolm who formed Yorkshire Ladies Links.

    88,000 votes were cast this year, with people and businesses across Yorkshire being recognised for their outstanding work. Over £8,000 was also raised for Martin House Children's Hospice near Wetherby.


    Cheque presentation at Martin House Children's Hospice

    The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund will be the event's 2017 charity partner.

    Danny was a Keighley Cougars player who collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart condition during a match last year. His widow, Lizzie, has worked tirelessly to raise money for life-saving equipment at rugby clubs across the country.

    Melanie said: "Lizzie Jones is an incredible lady. The passion and courage she has shown in such traumatic circumstances motivated us to immediately open discussions about us supporting her in 2017."

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