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Inspirational Craven people nominated in Yorkshire Awards

Featured in Craven Herald Pinoeer

GIGGLESWICK charity fundraiser and football manager Tony Gill has been nominated for three categories in this year's Yorkshire Choice Awards.

Tony, a mental health lecturer and manager of the Burley Trojans ladies football team, has carried out many fundraising challenges, including a charity football match for Ukraine, and spending his 58th birthday on a static bike in his garage cycling 100 miles for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and motor neurone disease charity MND .

In April he plans to cycle 450 miles in a week along towpaths from London back home to raise money again for MND and Manorlands.

Tony has been nominated for 'inspirational individual of the year', 'volunteer of the year' and 'local fundraiser of the year' in the Yorkshire Choice Awards, the winners of which,following a pubic vote, will be announced at a ceremony in Leeds on June 9.

Tony said “I’ve not really much chance of winning as I’m up against some real tough competition and many deserve it more than me, but Ill keep doing my little bit to help others as I’ve always done."

There are 12 awards in business and inspiration and winners are all chosen by a public vote.

Also nominated from Craven in the 'independent business of the year' are Lowe Maintenance of Settle, and Simply Ladies Inc of Silsden.

Nominated for 'businesswoman of the year are Rachael Higgins, Skipton, and Demelza Lowe, Settle.

Number 29 in Gargrave has been nominated in the 'new starter of the year' section.

The awards gala dinner on June 9 at The Centenary Pavilion, Leeds Football ground, will be attended by celebrity hosts, Christa Ackroyd, Christine Talbot, Duncan Wood, Stephanie Hirst, Tim Bilton, Lizzie Jones MBE and Tanya Arnold.

Tickets are available at: where people can also cast their votes. Voting closes in April.

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