Last year’s award went to former Barnsley College music tutor Richard Tolson.
Richard sadly died after losing his battle with an aggressive form of cancer and was awarded the accolade posthumously.
The 40-year-old father had dedicated his life to his students, helping others and the arts.
A respected tutor at the college for 18 years, he worked his way up to become the head of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Entertainment (FAME).
He also nurtured the talent of Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders.
His wife Sarah collected his award to a standing ovation. She said: “It was a really emotional night and it was really difficult going up there. I had Rich’s parents and brother with me and don’t think I’d have been able to do it without them.
“Am I surprised he won the award? Yes and no. It was something he loved to do. He would have thought ‘what’s all the fuss about?’”
Richard was involved in many charity projects and was a director of Penistone FM. He continued to work throughout his illness, his death coming as a shock to many.
Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond and deserves to be nominated for the exceptional achievement award?
For this award we are looking for someone who has made an outstanding contribution to Barnsley, making our town a better place to live in.
Be it by enhancing the town’s reputation, building bridges between communities or reducing inequality, we want you to nominate the people who have changed Barnsley for the better.
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.
- Has someone worked tirelessly for the good of others?
- Have they fought for a better quality of life for residents in the borough?
- Are they voice of the village or district where they live?
- Have they done something to turn your life around or the lives of others?
We welcome direct nominations for this award, and our judges may also put forward those nominated in other categories who, in their opinion, have made exceptional contributions to their community.
Our winner will have made an outstanding difference to the lives of an individual, community or family. If you know someone who has done this against all odds, we want to know about them.
The ASOS.com website has over 29.5million* unique visitors a month. As a global online fashion and beauty retailer, ASOS offers free shipping to fashion-lovers in 234 countries world-wide, all shipped from its 680,000 square foot Barnsley Fulfilment Centre.
Although head office is located in London, the work done here in Barnsley is in no small part responsible for thousands of packages being sent to fashion-forward customers around the globe each day.
The decision to move such a large part of the business to Grimethorpe in January 2011 marked one of the biggest changes in the company’s history to date. Thanks to the support and hard work of the local people, the move was a success and today ASOS is the second largest employer in the borough after the council. Last year its Grimethorpe Fulfilment Centre was extended and hundreds more jobs created as a result of the company’s international success, employing more than 3,000 people at peak times.
As a long-time sponsor of the Proud of Barnsley awards, ASOS has seen its support crown some of Barnsley’s most inspirational and hardworking people as worthy winners.
This year ASOS will once again be sponsoring the Exceptional Achievement award as it shows how one person can affect the lives of many.
Among last year’s nominees there were some truly remarkable stories, which highlighted the achievements of people who have changed lives and communities for the better.
As one of the area’s major employers, ASOS would like to say thank you to the people of Barnsley for their continued support and how honoured the company feels to be part of a community that clearly has so many things to be proud of.
Louise McCabe, head of corporate responsibility for ASOS, said: “Within my role for ASOS, I have been responsible for our community programme since we moved to Grimethorpe and it’s been a real pleasure getting to know Barnsley.
“ASOS has been very proud to support local projects over the past couple of years but the real heroes here are those volunteers and organisations that plug away week after week, year after year, giving up their time and energy to provide inspiring opportunities for young people and others. It’s great that this award goes some way to recognising them.”
* Desktop visitors only: excludes mobile and tablet visitors
Head of Corporate Responsibility