Campaign launched to celebrate Richmond’s amazing neighbours

A campaign to highlight Richmond’s most Amazing Neighbours has been launched by a newly-formed community interest company.

Richmond Yorkshire CIC hopes the scheme will make the town an even better place to live and visit.

The initiative invites people living in the DL10 postcode area to nominate their Amazing Neighbour.

Whether it’s collecting someone’s shopping, picking up the kids from school when they’re ill or keeping a lonely person company, the CIC wants to hear about the town’s best neighbours.

Each month, an Amazing Neighbour will receive  £100 in shopping vouchers in recognition of their kindness to others, with the nominator receiving two free tickets for the Station Cinema.

Donald Cline, from Richmond Yorkshire CIC, said: “Sometimes, because there is so much negativity floating about, it’s easy to forget just how many small acts of kindness occur in our community every day.

“We thought it would be fun to formally recognise some of the individuals who find the time to go the extra mile for their neighbours and others, without having to think twice about it.”

The campaign will recognise a different Amazing Neighbour every month throughout the year with the first vouchers being presented in June.

Once a neighbour has been nominated, they will stay in the running for the monthly gift throughout the duration of the promotion, so there’s no need to submit someone’s name more than once.

The judging panel includes Baroness Harris of Richmond; Chris Brown, CEO at The Station; Richmond School headteacher Jenna Potter; Hannah Chapman, editor of the Darlington & Stockton Times and David Walker, CIC director and chairman of the Richmondshire Refugee Support Group.

All of the judging will take place anonymously, with the judges not knowing who has made the nomination or the name of the nominee.

The judges will also assess the nominations on their own to ensure one person’s opinion doesn’t influence the opinion of the other judges.

The initiative has been made possible with the support of local businesses and organisations including Cooper & Leatherbarrow Opticians, in Finkle Street, Richmond; Zetland Estates; Oliviers Furniture on the Gallowfields Trading Estate; North Yorkshire Council; the Station Cinema; the Darlington & Stockton Times and Richmondshire Today.

Ellis Leatherbarrow, owner of Cooper & Leatherbarrow, said: “As a small family business with almost 100 years of service in Richmond, we are 100 per cent behind any initiative that recognises the importance of people helping each other in the town.

“It doesn’t take a lot to identify situations in which we can all do little acts of kindness, even without necessarily being asked to do so.”

Nominations can be made on forms collected and dropped off from Richmond Information Centre in the Market Hall.

Alternatively, they can be made at www.amazingneighbours.com