Award nomination for athletic volunteer
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
ATHLETE and volunteer Keith Binney has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for his work with athletics clubs across Yorkshire.
ATHLETE and volunteer Keith Binney has been nominated for his work with athletics clubs across Yorkshire.
Keith, of Burnsway, Wath, has been nominated as volunteer of the year by his friend David Haywood.
He has been involved with Barnsley Athletics Club for a number of years, where he is now a track and field mentor.
"He still races in the over 60s although he's much slower now," joked David.
"I find him a remarkable person. The hours he gives to the sport amount to hundreds but it is his willingness, encouragement and commitment which set him apart from his colleagues.
"He has suffered many injuries over the years but 14 years ago he was diagnosed with testicular and lung cancer...he eventually beat that.
"No surprises there to a remarkable devotee of the sport."
Exceptional Achievement Sponsor
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.”
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Head of Corporate Responsibility