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Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Athlete and volunteer Keith Binney has been involved in athletics for more than 40 years.

Keith, 67, of Burnsway, Wath, is a track and field mentor with Barnsley Athletics Club and has adjudicated at many events.

He has been involved with Barnsley AC since its formation following the merger of Barnsley Road Runners and the Dorothy Hyman Track Club in 1989.

Keith has suffered many injuries over the years and was diagnosed with testicular and lung cancer.

But such was his determination, he eventually beat that too.

Before the ceremony, Keith had attended the funeral of youngsters Jack and Paul Sykes, who died in a house fire at Penistone.

Paul had been a member of Barnsley AC and Keith dedicated his award to the boys.

He said: "He was one of our members and I used to coach him. One of the things which really touched me was that his mum had donations for Barnsley AC and the Manchester Intensive Care Unit.

"They are still part of our family and I had a minute's silence. I think Paul would be proud. I think he'll be looking down and saying 'you've done it'. This is for them.

"I'm shocked. I'm one of these people who doesn't want praise - I just do what I do, I don't want any pats on the back."

We all know someone who has selflessly devoted themselves to a cause not because they are paid, but because they believe in it.

We want you to nominate these people for our Volunteer of the Year award and show them that we recognise their invaluable contribution to our community and value their good work.

The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.

  • Does your nominee volunteer for a local charity?
  • Do they run a kids football team or organise a neighbourhood watch scheme?
  • Are they a regular hospital visitor, dementia friend or on the board of school governors?

So long as they are not paid a salary for the work that they do, you can enter them in this category.