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Votes flood in for Yorkshire heroes

More than 5,000 votes have been cast in just 48 hours for the Yorkshire Choice Awards.

Recognising local achievers, the event aims to honour the region's most inspirational organisations, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Having raised over £20,000 for local charities in the last two years, organisers Melanie Malcolm and Jo Maltby are keen to raise even more money this year for their chosen charity, St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds.

Melanie said: "We are delighted to support St Gemma's Hospice who provide expert care for local people with life-threatening illnesses - a charity very close to my heart."

Jo added: "We've had a phenomenal response to the awards so far - proof that Yorkshire really does thrive on amazing people!

"We're proud to be representing a truly exceptional list of nominees, and the number of votes cast in such a short space of time aptly reflects everyone's incredible contribution in their community.

"Last year saw over 266,000 votes cast in total and it looks like we are set for another explosive year - we don't choose our winners, you do Yorkshire."

With hundreds of local heroes up for an award, voters can pick one person from each of the category sections, but they're limited to one voting form per IP address.

Votes can be placed online at until 16 March.

Winners will be announced at a glitzy black-tie gala dinner at The Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds, on 13 April.

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