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Your Chance to Make a Difference - The Yorkshire Choice Awards

The Yorkshire Choice Awards recognise local people and independent businesses that are an inspiration in their field. The categories cover a wide range of backgrounds and skill sets, yet they all have one thing in common...


The awards were set up by Melanie Malcolm and Jo Maltby and raise funds for a chosen charity each year. This year's charity is Bethany's Smile.

Bethany's Smile was set up in 2012 by 13 year old Bethany to raise a minimum of £300,000 to build Smile Cottage - – a holiday/respite home, in Yorkshire, where families can go and spend quality time and build happy memories, when they are faced with the news that their child has a very short life expectancy. The charity also supports families of sick children in other ways, including computer equipment for use in hospital and unable to go to school and insurance for ‘final’ holidays amongst many other things. You can find out more at www.bethanyssmile.org

2018 received 435,000 registered votes for nominees and enjoyed enormous press coverage from radio, print and media in Yorkshire, as well as broadcasting live with Made in Leeds on the big night and featuring on ITV Calendar News.

The awards provide the ideal opportunity for you to recognise the independent businesses and amazing local people who enrich our community as well as raising money for this incredible charity.

To nominate your local hero or heroine, or favourite business, please go here.

And if you would like to contribute to the fund raising efforts by sponsoring an award, please go here. This is a great opportunity to get valuable exposure for your business whilst also contributing to a very worthwhile cause.

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