Search is on for 2011 Yorkshire’s Young Achievers

AWARDS LAUNCH:  Pictured at the launch of the 19th annual Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards at Yorkshire TV are Peter McCormick, former winner Malandra Burrows, 2010 Youngster of the Year George Stocker and Calendar presenter Duncan Wood.

AWARDS LAUNCH: Pictured at the launch of the 19th annual Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards at Yorkshire TV are Peter McCormick, former winner Malandra Burrows, 2010 Youngster of the Year George Stocker and Calendar presenter Duncan Wood.

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THE QUEST to find Yorkshire’s Young Achievers has begun.

Actress and former winner Malandra Burrows joined last year’s Youngster of the Year winner George Stocker at Hotel Du Vin, Harrogate, to appeal for nominations for the 19th annual awards.

George, 12, of Little Ribston near Wetherby, won the award after battling a brain tumour and raising almost £50,000 for Leeds children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.

He said: “Winning the award was amazing and it helped me raise more money because people heard about my story.

“Even if you don’t win, it is a great night and if you do then it is even better.”

Actress Malandra said: “We’ve got Britain’s Got Talent but this is about Yorkshire talent.

“Everyone deserves to be recognised if they do something out of the ordinary. You can nominate your friend, your neighbour, a relative - anyone.”

The awards, sponsored by McCormicks Solicitors of Harrogate, has many categories.

The Yorkshire Evening Post is again sponsoring the Achievement in the Arts Award. Previous winners include choirgirl Isabel Suckling, The Kaiser Chiefs and Matthew Lewis.

Other categories include Personality of the Year, Youngster of the Year, Unsung Hero and Achievements in Education, Management and Enterprise and Sport.

People who are aged under 35 and were born, live or work in Yorkshire can be nominated by visiting: www.yorkshireyoungachievers.co.uk before September 10.

Winners will be announced at the awards dinner on November 24 at Leeds United Conference and Exhibition Centre.

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