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Yorkshire Choice strives on to support local inspiring heroes

In a year of uncertainty and heartache for so many, the pandemic has had such a huge impact on our everyday lives. It's meant that our 2020 Yorkshire Choice Awards nominees have had to wait longer than we hoped to find out if they have been chosen by Yorkshire as finalists and winners in our Awards.

The wait is almost over as we put the final touches together for the big announcements! News will be shared on how this will unfold in the coming days and the important dates you need to block in your diary!

It’s now time to share some positivity and exciting news as we plan ahead for 2022! With the release of the Premiership football fixture list yesterday, we've now secured our date for the 2022 Yorkshire Choice Awards Gala Ceremony hosted at the Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United, Elland Road.

Save the date - 7th May 2022 - it's going to be a night to remember with recognition of Yorkshire’s finest! Further details will be issued in July with all the information you require to nominate those local heroes and businesses making a difference in your area, so get your thinking caps on now!

Melanie and Jo (Co-Founders) are extremely proud to announce the new charity partner for the 2022 Award celebrations.

"Our chosen charity will be in support of the MND Association inspired by Rob Burrow. The Yorkshire Choice Awards highlight that through adversity and courage, light can shine through in so many different ways. With this in mind, we have been drawn to supporting the MND Association following the outpouring of inspiration and heroism around Rob Burrow's battle with motor neurone disease (MND) and the incredible courage he has shown not only to the diagnosis himself but to others affected too, as well as the heartache experienced by their families."

With MND, messages from the motor neurones gradually stop reaching the muscles. This leads the muscles to weaken, stiffen and waste. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes in their thinking and behaviour. However, MND affects everyone differently. Not all symptoms will affect everyone, or in the same order. Symptoms also progress at varying speeds, which makes the course of the disease difficult to predict.

MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. Although the disease will progress, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life.

There is a 1 in 300 risk of getting MND across a lifetime. It can affect adults of any age but is more likely to affect people over 50.

Former Leeds Rhinos scrum-half Rob Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December 2019, just two years after ending his playing career by captaining Leeds to a record-extending eighth Super League Grand Final.

Rob is one of an estimated 5,000 adults in the UK currently living with motor neurone disease. Every day, an average of six people are diagnosed with MND. The MND Association focuses on improving access to care, funding research, and campaigning for those people living with, or affected by, MND.


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