Royal award for Beverley rural transport operator

(l-r) Les Mendham and Eve Bolton (volunteers), Molly Gilchrist (passenger) and Jan Stainforth (CEO) meeting HRH the Duke of York.
(l-r) Les Mendham and Eve Bolton (volunteers), Molly Gilchrist (passenger) and Jan Stainforth (CEO) meeting HRH the Duke of York.

Rural transport operator Beverley Community Lift is among forty Yorkshire-based community groups to have had their work recognised by a major royal award scheme.

The Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award is presented annually to community groups and charities from across the whole of Yorkshire who, following rigorous assessment, are deemed to be “of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others.”

This year’s award ceremony, which involved organisations from major cities and towns such as Wakefield, York, Beverley and Leeds as well as a number of much more rural projects such as Tockwith Festivals, Wilberfoss in Bloom and Sight Support Ryedale was attended by more than 200 award holders, assessors and guests.

The event took place at Bridlington Spa’s Royal Hall.

Speaking at the event, HRH the Duke of York talked of how over the years the Initiative had sought to extend its remit so that now it not only recognises and rewards outstanding community work, but in so doing seeks to enhance society by encouraging award holders to continue to do all they can to break down barriers between both organisations and organisation and people and people.

Beverley Community Lift is a community-based organisation with 40 years service, offering a caring and supportive voluntary service providing transport to the communities of Beverley, Market Weighton, Pocklington and Holme-on-Spalding Moor.

•Beverley Community Lift are seeking to recruit new volunteer car and minibus drivers – if you are interested please call Jan on 01482 868082.

Full training is given.