Yorkshire Awards

Last Update: 21 November 2002

Yorkshire Man of the Year - 2002
Sean Bean

Sean has joined fellow Yorkshire actors Patrick Stewart (2001) and Michael Palin (2000) as the recipient of the pretigious Yorkshire Man of the Year Award for 2002.

Thanks to Lynn for the screencaps.

Yorkshire greats from the field of showbiz, sport, the arts and business were honoured at the glittering Yorkshire Awards presentation ceremony, held at the studios of Yorkshire Television, Kirkstall Road in Leeds. The black tie awards dinner, firmly established in the Yorkshire social calendar, was held on Friday, 18 October 2002. The Awards was broadcast on Yorkshire Television (ITV1) at 7:30 PM on 24 October 2002.

Sean was presented with his award during rehearsals for Macbeth, with the cast cheering in the background. His acceptance speech was shown recorded and shown during the awards ceremony. There were also several interviews with Sean and excerpts from Sharpe; an interview with one of the SUFC directors; interviews with Sean's Mum, Dad, and Grandma (Anne Bean); and footage from Sean opening the Chronic Pain Unit in Sheffield, with Sean actually receiving acupuncture!

Organised and run by the Yorkshire Awards Committee, the Awards are now in their fourteenth year and involve some of the region’s leading companies and organisations. With the help of the Yorkshire public, the Committee named those outstanding individuals whose examples act as inspiration to anyone with the interests of Yorkshire at heart.

Tickets for the dinner were £40 a head, with a table of 10 costing £400. All profits from the dinner go the Yorkshire-based charities nominated by each sponsor of the Yorkshire Awards.

2002 Winners
Yorkshire Man of the Year: Sean Bean
Yorkshire Woman of the Year: Linda Barker
Yorkshire Arts and Entertainment: Jude Kelly OBE
Yorkshire Sporting Achievement: David Byas
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ian Carmichael
Yorkshire Employment Creation: Esteem Systems plc
Yorkshire Unsung Hero: Sheila Miller
Special Award: Jane Tomlinson & Gareth Gates


What are the Yorkshire Awards?
The Yorkshire Awards recognise people and organisations who have had an impact on Yorkshire and its people in some way, demonstrating their affection for and commitment to the County. The eight categories of awards recognise the many and varied achievements of different types of people in the county.

Nominations for awards can be received from anyone and the nominees come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have one thing in common - Yorkshire. There are eight sponsors of the awards and a representative from each forms the awards committee under the Chairmanship of Sir Rodney Walker. This Committee meets regularly throughout the year to consider nominations received for all seven categories.

Unsung Hero
For the person from your local community who has made a significant contribution in helping to improve life for others.
Sponsored by npower

Lifetime Achievement Award
For the person who, over their lifetime, has made an outstanding contribution to the community of Yorkshire.
Sponsored by the Yorkshire Society

Yorkshire Employment Creation
For outstanding efforts in job creation in the County.
Sponsored by Aon Risk Services

Yorkshire Woman of the Year
For the outstanding woman who has made the greatest individual contributionto life in the County.
Sponsored by Yorkshire Bank

Yorkshire Sporting Achievement
For outstanding achievement or contribution to Yorkshire sporting success.
Sponsored by Yorkshire Post Newspapers

Yorkshire Man of the Year
For the outstanding man who has made the greatest individual contribution to life in the County.
Sponsored by Black Sheep Brewery

Yorkshire Arts and Entertainment
For the outstanding Yorkshire personality in the fields of art and entertainment.
Sponsored by Yorkshire Television

Yorkshire Awards 'Special' Award
For the person who has done something truly outstanding in their lifetime.
Sponsored by the Yorkshire Awards Committee

All profits from the 2002 Yorkshire Awards Dinner will be donated to Yorkshire-based charities, each nominated by one of the main sponsors of the dinner.

St Georges Crypt
Founded in 1930, St George's Crypt is a large charity employing a team of around 30 paid staff and over 80 volunteers.
The Charity aims to provide professional standards of care within a framework of Christian faith and witness to the clients, all of whom are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their age, sex, ethnic origin or religious beliefs.
Nominated by Aon

This year Childline is celebrating its 15th Birthday Year. Childline is the free national 24-hour helpline for children in trouble or danger. Any child, anywhere in the UK can phone Children's freephone number : 08001111.
The aim of Childline are to protect children who are at risk from harm anywhere in the UK and help children resolve or alleviate their problems. Through what children say to Childline, to raise public awareness of, influence policies and practice in issues which affect their welfare and rights.
Nominated by npower

Robert Ogden School for autistic children
The Yorkshire Post Hidden Disability Appeal aims to raise £1.4m for the refurbishment of the Robert Ogden School, at Thurnscoe, near Barnsley. It is the world's largest school for autistic children, and has pupils from across the region aged from five to 19. The priority for renovation work is the roof, which needs replacing at a cost of £190,000.
Nominated by Yorkshire Post Newspapers

The Right to Read
Right to Read is a collaboration of agencies working together to improve literacy levels in Yorkshire and Humberside. The scheme has been set up because 24,000 children in the region are not achieving the expected standards in English. The aim of Right to Read is to recruit and train volunteers to provide reading support for children of primary school age. Various schemes exist throughout the region, both within and outside of school hours, in schools, community centres and even at football grounds.
Nominated by Yorkshire Television

The Childrens’s Heart Surgery Fund
The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is a registered charity based at the Yorkshire Heart Centre in Leeds. The Yorkshire Heart Centre at Leeds General Infirmary is the largest centre for the treatment of heart defects in the UK and covers a population of approximately 5 million, with patients from all over Yorkshire, Humberside and the North Midlands.
Every year over 1200 children pass through the paediatric unit. Over 40% of these need long term care. The aim of the Fund is to continue to strive to provide resources, equipment and research for those children with the misfortune to be born with a heart defect.
Nominated by Yorkshire Bank

Leukaemia Research Fund
Leukaemia is the most common childhood cancer and along with the related blood disorders such as lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplasia affects over 18,000 adults each year. Leukaemia Research Fund remains the only national charity dedicated to funding research into the causes, improving treatments and searching for a cure for all of the blood cancers. Our 180 research projects throughout the UK are funded by voluntary contributions, co-ordinated by our head office and 200 voluntary branches. With 95p in every pound raised going directly towards research, we really make every penny count
Nominated by Black Sheep Brewery


For more information about the Yorkshire Awards, please visit their website.

For more pictures from the broadcast and a short downloadable clip from the broadcast, please visit Lynn's Full of Beans website.


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