The Pride Awards
On Saturday 6th October I was lucky enough not only to attend, but also be a finalist at the 9th annual Pride of Malton and Norton awards.
I was honoured to be invited as I haven’t hit 20 yet and it felt overwhelming arriving at such a prestigious local event. I was shortlisted for “Bright Young Star” and “Local Hero”, both titles I didn’t feel worthy of. My nomination was for my charity work, in particular with Ryedale Special families. In aid of them I completed a gameathon (24-hour gaming marathon) where I raised £1200, way more than my target of £500. I was amazed by the generosity of the local community and extremely tired after. I don’t think I would have been able to get through the 4am mark without the support of my family and friends (Thanks mum!).
The awards were at York House right next to the Talbot Hotel. As I entered, I met Mandy West, one of the reasons the awards got up and running. Once in the marquee, I was hit by a wall of warmth both in temperature and atmosphere. The evening felt special and many were in awe attending what was a unique event. It was humbling to see so many people that provide so much for the community in different ways. The extracts about each nominee showed the diversity that exists in the towns. There were businesses, teachers, hardworking charities and more being awarded for their incredible work. It was a lovely night for everyone involved.
Going up to the stage was exciting, mixed with a little twinge of nervousness. All the nominees I met were lovely which certainly got rid of the nerves. I was given a finalist certificate, had photos taken and had an enjoyable night. More than I could ask for.
The awards were, in conclusion, a fantastic local event. It was a great way to open up people’s eyes to the fantastic work of local people and organisations. Without events such as these this type of work may go under the radar. Seeing what people do for the local community can also encourage other people to work towards making Malton and Norton a better place, and to realise that their work does not go unappreciated. It was an event that me, my family and my friends will not forget anytime soon.
by Charlie Ridgewell