Say a Big Thank

Street cleaner Keith Gilpin who has been nominated for a "Good Neighbour" award''w130614
Street cleaner Keith Gilpin who has been nominated for a "Good Neighbour" award''w130614
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Time is running out to get your nominations in for who you would like to see crowned a local hero in the borough’s Big Thank You Awards.

Are you a teacher who wants to put their pupils aged up to 18 years on a pedestal for making a difference, either in school or in their communities?

Or do you known someone in the area who deserves recognition for using their artistic or creative talents to help and inspire others or perhaps you have a neighbour that puts in the extra effort to ensure the well-being of others living on his or her street?

One man who has done just that is Whitby resident Keith Gilpin of Osborne Terrace.

He has been nominated in the Good Neighbour Category by Angela Walton of Harrowing Drive.

She said: “In Whitby we have a roving good neighbour in the shape of Keith Gilpin.

“Keith is a street cleaner, well-known locally as someone you can rely on to help out and assist in many ways.

“He always has a cheery word, making the town feel friendly for residents and visitors alike.

“Two at least, have taken time to write to the Whitby Gazette about him in very complimentary terms.

“He has even planted bulbs here and there to brighten up a few corners, a kind, hard-working and thoughtful man.”

Meanwhile another nomination has come in for Sue Beckton and Alison Blenkinsop from Goathland in the Charitable Fund-raising category. The pair, who were nominated by Norman and Cathy Dundas who are also from Goathland, started fund-raising in aid of the village’s St Mary’s Church in 2002 when they held a fund-raiser in their garden.

The annual event was so successful that they increased it in 2005 to twice yearly to broaden the number of charities they could benefit which have included Scarborough and Whitby Blind societies, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation, the fire station and Macmillan to name but a few.

They said: “Sue Beckton and Alison Blenkinsop are two very dedicated ladies who work tirelessly for the good of others although they have a heavy workload, nothing is too much trouble for them.”

Other Whitby nominations include Leah Hunter who was nominated for her fund-raising for charity for the past five years.

Also put forward for an award are the dedicated volunteers who work at the town’s Trinity Centre and help with the day to day running of the day centre for the elderly in Flowergate.

Whitby resident Jude Knight whose home in the town’s Aelfleda Terrace was demolished after a landslip is also among the nominees.