Fitness-mad Leeds OAP scoops lifetime award

Hilda with a class in Moortown.

Hilda with a class in Moortown.

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An 88-year-old fitness instructor has won a lifetime achievement award for her tireless devotion to other people’s health.

Hilda Mitchell received the female life achievement award at the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s annual pride awards, in Moortown.

The dinner and awards ceremony attracted more than 6,000 votes from the local community and was staged in front of around 250 people.

Mrs Mitchell, who has been working as a volunteer for the past 40 years, said being given the award was “the best thing that ever happened to me in my life”.

Formed in Leeds in 1878, the board aims to provide a range of social, residential and community care services, primarily to the Jewish community.

Rebecca Weinberg, LJWB chief executive, said: “Hilda has improved the well-being of so many people.”

Winners at the event, which raised around £15,000 for the organisation, also included former Leeds United Football Club chairman Leslie Silver OBE, who was given the male life achievement award. The 86-year-old businessman and philanthropist said: “I think many people in the community deserve the award more than I do but, nevertheless, I’m honoured.”

Other winners included 17-year-old Moortown Zone youth club youth leader, Oliver Abrahamson, who won the under-18 young personality award, and Martin Port, founder of vehicle tracking firm Masternaut, who was named business person of the year award. Alexa Harris won the community volunteer award and Jane Clynes, chair and organiser of the event, was given a special award.

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