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Exceptional Achievement

Exceptional Achievement

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.