Today we profile the three nominees short-listed to the final three in the Services To Charity category. The winner will be revealed at the glittering awards night at Galpharm Stadium next Monday.
FOR two decades Richard Jackson has dedicated his spare time to helping others.
The Golcar man, who leads a lively scout pack, needed to raise some funds so he started Golcar Gala which has taken place for more than 20 years.
He’s also been a driving force behind the Colne Valley Mountain Bike challenge, Brook Motors sports and social committee, and the annual Parkwood Road firework display.
And over the years he’s raised thousands to benefit the community and a host of charities.
Among those to benefit are Leymoor Cricket Club and the 39th Parkwood Scout Group.
Richard was nominated by Christopher Watson, who said: “The first thing you notice about this unique individual is his overall desire to help others without ever seeking an individual recognition.”
And while 65-year-old Richard is backed by a committee, he does much of the spade work himself – in and around his full time job at Brook Motors.
“I’m chuffed to have been nominated,’’ he said. “People do say ‘thank you’ and it means a lot.
“It all started about 20 years ago when the scouts needed to do some fundraising and it’s gone from there.
“It certainly keeps me busy but I’ll keep doing it because it’s for the good of the community.
“I’ve never felt like giving it up.”
As soon as Golcar Gala finishes – organised by a committee of six – Richard sets about organising the Parkwood firework display.
He prepares the 80ft stage and backdrop in the garage of his Golcar home. Plus he’s been a cub scout leader for more than 26 years.
Married to wife Nancy for 40 years, he has two sons, Paul – who also sits on the gala committee – and Graham.