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Selfless Sophia's up for award; ME sufferer founded charity to help needy.

one of Yorkshire's most deserving volunteers.

Sophia Crawshaw, 44, who set up Huddersfield-based One Good Turn, has been shortlisted for a community spirit award.

The charity was launched in 2011 and helps the most needy people across Kirklees.

Sophia, of Marsh, has beaten the effects of ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome, to build a charity at the heart of the community.

She has now made the Yorkshire shortlist for the Britain Has Spirit awards and could be in line for a PS25,000 national prize.

Sophia is up against two other volunteers - Nick Challenger and Pam Clarkson - and the award is voted for by the public online.

Sophia's nomination reads: "Sophia Crawshaw founded One Good Turn which in a short space of time has grown into a charity helping more and more people in need than ever.

"Sophia and her team of volunteers work very hard to help the less fortunate. There have been improvements in living conditions and in mental health of people in the community, help with furniture, white goods, clothing and household items, food, suits for interviews, help with courses for self-improvement but, most importantly, the friendships made. "Being helpful and good to each other is the way One Good Turn is benefiting the community."

Yorkshire's Regional Community Hero of the Year will receive prizes including a fun experience day and PS1,000 towards a street party. They will also go forward to the national vote where the winner will receive PS25,000 for a local good cause.

The awards are run by Together Mutual Insurance and are aimed at promoting community spirit and volunteering.

Leeds-born TV presenter Gabby Logan, daughter of former Huddersfield Town coach Terry Yorath, will present the national awards later this year.

She urged people to vote and said: "The public have a very important job to do. Yorkshire has some incredible volunteer groups and stand out individuals, all of whom are worthy winners.

"It is important you vote for your favourite and get them one step further to the national prize of PS25,000. Think of the difference PS25,000 could make to a small or modest community project."

Last year Sophia, her husband Tony and their son Jacob met the Queen at Buckingham Palace to celebrate receiving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

To vote, go to www.britainhasspirit.

com and select Yorkshire.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 10, 2016
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