Leeds Sports Awards 2019: New Leeds Cares category celebrating keeping active

7 November  2018......     Hannah Thaxter, editor YEP,  Mark Skipper chief executive at Northern Ballet, David Welch chief executive Leeds Cares and Sally Nickson vice chair of the Sport Leeds Board launch the Leeds Cares Award  in conjunction with the Yorkshire Evening Post for the Leeds Sports Awards taking place next February.  Picture Tony Johnson.
7 November 2018...... Hannah Thaxter, editor YEP, Mark Skipper chief executive at Northern Ballet, David Welch chief executive Leeds Cares and Sally Nickson vice chair of the Sport Leeds Board launch the Leeds Cares Award in conjunction with the Yorkshire Evening Post for the Leeds Sports Awards taking place next February. Picture Tony Johnson.
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From hospital nurses who work tirelessly getting patients back on their feet or community groups that support elderly people to exercise, those who go the extra mile when it comes to keeping the city active deserve to be celebrated.

And today the YEP can reveal that next year’s Leeds Sports Awards will now do just that.

Organisers have announced that a new Leeds Cares Award is being introduced into the star-studded ceremony this year, which takes place in February.

Backed by the YEP, it aims to draw attention to the importance of getting people physically active across the city.

The new category takes its name from Leeds Cares, the charity formerly known as the Leeds Hospital Charitable Foundation, which supports the city’s hospitals and their wards.

David Welch, chief executive of Leeds Cares, said: “As the charity driving positive change in health and wellbeing in Leeds and beyond, we’re so excited to be part of the Leeds Sports Awards in 2019. By recognising people in our community who have done something exceptional in getting people active, we can encourage and motivate more people to get moving enabling healthier and more fulfilling lives.”

Nominations do not just need to be focused on sport - and are open to healthcare staff, special individuals or even groups that go the extra mile in the interests of promoting fitness in Leeds. The YEP-backed awards, run by Sport Leeds, return to the First Direct Arena on February 28.

YEP Editor Hannah Thaxter said: “Leeds Cares does brilliant work and offers fantastic support to our city’s hospitals and this award is a welcome addition to the categories.

“If you know someone who goes that extra mile to get people in the city to be more active, then please nominate and help us celebrate them.”

Nominations and voting for categories is open until December 17 and tickets are on sale.

Visit leedssportsawards.co.uk for details.