GORDON Dawson (pictured) has dedicated himself to a charity in Huddersfield for more than 15 years.
The 71-year-old from Salendine Nook has been a member of the Huddersfield-based Christian African Relief Trust (Cart), which ships containers of clothes and medical supplies to Africa.
Throughout this time Gordon has edited the newsletters; some 12,000 copies are distributed three times a year.
He has also developed sponsorship schemes for children in Liberia and Kenya and, among many other things, has arranged for vital supplies to be collected and sent to Africa.
He said: “I’ve always gained a lot of satisfaction from working for Cart and have enjoyed every minute.
“It’s a great feeling knowing your own work has significantly helped such a worthwhile cause.’’
Gordon was the trust’s secretary for six years before retiring last autumn. But he is still on the board of trustees.
During the years he has worked as a volunteer the trust has gone from strength to strength, developing its links with Africa and the Indian sub-continent.
Gordon has also developed Cart’s community work in Huddersfield through schools, churches and many other organisations, including the probation service.
Cart member Bob Whitehead, who nominated Gordon for the award, said: “The leadership Gordon has shown is a major factor in the success of our local charity. He thoroughly deserves this recognition.”