Charities honoured by South Yorkshire High Sheriff

Lady Ruby Sykes, front centre, with some of the High Sheriff's award winners.
Lady Ruby Sykes, front centre, with some of the High Sheriff's award winners.
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More than 100 ‘unsung heroes’ have been honoured by the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire for their hard work.

Representatives of 25 Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley charities were invited to a presentation and dinner at Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield city centre, to receive awards from the High Sheriff, Lady Ruby Sykes.

Award winners – including Sheffield’s Central Deaf Club and Cherrytree Support Services, which helps homeless young people – were presented with a certificate and £1,000.

Another winner was Support Dogs, of Brightside Lane, Carbrook, which helps train dogs to assist people with disabilities.

A spokesman for the charity said: “The recognition from receiving the award is important.”

“It costs about £20,000 to train a dog within our charity; we are an expensive cause, so the donation and certificate from the High Sheriff is both exciting and beneficial to us.”

Lady Sykes told the winners: “It has been a privilege during the past few months to meet so many hardworking and dedicated people who do so much for others.

“ You are the unsung heroes of South Yorkshire who have now, in a very small way, been recognised for the wonderful people you are.”