Exceptional Achievement of the Year
Barnsley Youth Choir not only represented the town on the world stage at the World Choir Games, it brought home two gold prizes.
The choir competed against some of the world's best at the games in Riga, Latvia in July after raising £35,000 to do so.
The choir consists of more than 200 young people from across Barnsley who are supported by dedicated volunteers.
It has performed at the Olympic Village, has twice hosted the Miraculum Girls Choir from Kecskemet Kodaly School in Hungary and produced and sold a Christmas CD which raised £10,000 for the Barnsley Hospice.
Musical director Mat Wright, who said he was over the moon for the choir to have been recognised for their Exceptional Achievements.
He added: "I'm overwhelmed and humbled. It's a huge privilege to work with young people and there are some amazingly talented young people in
Barnsley, it's clear every day I go to work. But it's not about me. it's about a team who give their all for young people and also the community which supports us and helped us raise £35,000 to put our young people on the world stage and boy did they deliver. This award goes to them, I'm incredibly proud of them."
Have you or someone you know received exceptional care from a member of staff at Barnsley Hospital? If so, nominate them for this award.
It may be that you or a loved one went in for an operation filled with anxiety, but were made to feel at ease by staff. Or perhaps you want to tell us about a nurse or doctor doing an exceptional job, a department that is praise worthy or simply to rave about individuals who make a difference to those who visit the hospital?
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.
- Tell us about your experience. What made it exceptional?
- How has this person or department gone above and beyond to make you and others feel comfortable and relaxed in their care?
- Did they do anything that you wouldn’t have expected them to?
- Why were the facilities so good? Were they cleaner, more engaging or just simply better than others you have encountered?
The winner of this category could be anyone connected with Barnsley Hospital who has helped others to feel better.
If they’re getting it right, they’re a worthy nominee.
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