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Exceptional Achievement of the Year

Exceptional Achievemnt Award

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.