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Boros Big Thankyou Awards at the Spa.Mayors Award winner Leah May Hunter with Mayor Helen Mallory..Picture Richard Ponter 131530b

Boros Big Thankyou Awards at the Spa.Mayors Award winner Leah May Hunter with Mayor Helen Mallory..Picture Richard Ponter 131530b

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Two of Whitby and district’s heroes were honoured for their courage and charitable efforts as part of a borough wide awards ceremony.

The pair’s achievements were highlighted along with those from the rest of the borough at the Oscars-style Big Thank You Awards which was organised in conjunction with the Whitby Gazette, the Scarboroguh News and Scarborough Borough Council.

More than 75 people were nominated for the ceremony which attracted a packed audience of around 250 guests at the Spa Ocean Room lastThursday.

The awards were handed out by borough Mayor Coun Helen Mallory.”

Leah May Hunter (16) from Whitby, was delighted after picking up both the Charitable Fund-raising honour and the Mayor’s Award.

The young teen has been fundraising for more than five years and numerous charities have benefited from her sporting efforts.

She said: “It was a really big surprise to win twice because there are a lot of people that deserve it more than me.

“I feel really happy about it. I intend to carry on fund-raising by doing different events.

“I want to do something for Whitby Lifeboat and Olympic torchbearer and amputee Keiran Maxwell.”

Whitby’s Jude Knight, whose home in Aelfleda Terrace was demolished after a landslide, scooped runner-up in the Courage Over Adversity category. However, she was unable to attend the ceremony as she was recovering from a knee operation. “I’m really thrilled,” she said. “I want to thank the person that nominated me, it was very surprising to be nominated and very nice as well. “I was just disappointed that I couldn’t get to the ceremony.”

Coun Helen Mallory said: “It was a lovely evening. It was just a privilege to be in a room so full of so many fantastic people.”