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On June 5th YMCA Scarborough and Ryedale held their annual Community and Volunteer Awards evening at the YMCA Theatre to celebrate and thank the contribution that volunteers have made across the region in 2019.

The evening was made up of a small drinks reception before the award ceremony in the evening which comprised of 12 categories including Inspirational Volunteer, Environment Hero and Fundraiser of the year.

Thomas Dingley of Scarborough and NCS Graduate from Flying Futures was nominated and received the Youth Champion Award, recognising the difference that Tommy has made both close to home as well as to his local community.

After completing NCS in 2018, Tommy has remained actively involved in the scheme, actively championing the programme as a guest speaker at both school and college presentations as well as during Parent’s Information Evenings. Further to this, Tommy has helped set up social action projects for this summer’s forthcoming programme through his work with Ignite and the YMCA of Scarborough. Tommy said of NCS “it changed my life, it changed my whole world, so everybody that I can help go on NCS, I feel like I have changed the world significantly”.

At the age of 11, Tommy was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and has overcome significant personal challenge, including being a young carer. To Tommy’s own admittance, this has all played a part in his passion for volunteering and want to support others. Upon receipt of his award Tommy wrapped up by saying “I enjoy helping people and I just want to keep doing it”.

Alongside his volunteer work with the YMCA, Tommy can look forward to a summer of volunteering on the NCS summer programme with Flying Futures in Scarborough. Neil Humphreys, NCS Programme Support Officer at Flying Futures said of Tommy’s success “we extend a huge congratulations to Tommy for winning this award. It’s great to see him get recognised for the work he’s done and we look forward to continuing to work with him through our NCS Graduates Programme and beyond!”