Being a finalist in the Yorkshire Choice Awards is all down to the lovely people who voted for me!

April 8, 2016

By Eve Lodge

‘Over 520 of the most inspirational Yorkshire movers and shakers attended our inaugural Yorkshire Choice Awards at The Centenary Pavilions, Leeds Utd to celebrate Yorkshire’s finest achievements whilst supporting Martin House Children’s Hospice’ – (Yorkshire Choice website).

I bet my mum and dad would share a smile on seeing me described as a ‘mover and shaker’!

But I was one of the fortunate 520 people who were in attendance for such a fantastic event on Saturday, April 2 – and was even luckier to be one of the finalists!

I had been nominated in two categories – Independent Business and Young Achiever – and reached the final of the latter!

Everyone shortlisted relied on public votes – and the Yorkshire Choice organisers received a staggering 88,000!

I am very, very grateful for all those lovely people who took time to vote for me.

To be a finalist in the Young Achiever category – and to be shortlisted for Independent Business – means an awful lot.

I have worked hard to build up the Barmy brand, juggling the business with my education (I’m currently revising for my A level exams….eeek!!) while also trying to have a bit of a social life, as an 18-year-old is wont to do!

This is the lovely award (pictured below) I received for being a finalist at the Yorkshire Choice awards. It was made by the siblings of kids treated by Martin House Children’s Hospice and I love it!

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I had been skiing for a week with my college, Shelley, and only just landed back at Manchester airport on the day of the awards ceremony in Leeds.

It was a bit of a mad dash to get home, get changed, and get over to Elland Road for the black tie ‘do’.

But I made it – thanks to my mum for helping me to choose what to wear(!), and my dad for being the ‘taxi’ and taking me and my friend Sydni plus another Independent Business nominee, Steph from Black Bee Creative and her friend.

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We had a great night – and it was lovely to meet and chat to so many ifantastic people, such as my fellow ‘Barnsleyites’ Joe Pugh and Leah Washington, who deservedly made the final of the ‘Inspirational Individual of the Year’ award, which eventually went to the wonderful Richard McCann.

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A lot of credit and thanks should go to Melanie Malcolm and Jo Maltby, the founders of the Yorkshire Choice Awards.

Melanie said afterwards: “I was taken aback by the interest and support that we have received for this. To have 88,000 public votes being cast in support of the deserving inspirational individuals and organisations is absolutely wonderful!”

“I’d just like to say how overwhelmed we are at the support we’ve had from the public, sponsors, donated services, nominees, finalists and our winners across the Yorkshire region.”

For more details of the finalists and winners go to: http://www.yorkshirechoiceawards.co.uk/#!2016winners/p6z9f