Doncaster charity worker and former Councillor and Civic Mayor Yvonne Woodcock received a Freedom of the Borough Award today (Wednesday 20th March) for her tireless charity and voluntary work and years of public service.
The accolade is the highest honour that a local resident can receive and recognises their achievements and work in the Doncaster community.
Yvonne was presented with a framed hand painted scroll at a special ceremony in the Mansion House, which was also attended by the Civic Mayor Majid Khan and Jo Miller, Doncaster Council Chief Executive.
Yvonne served as an Elected Councillor on Doncaster Council for over 20 years and was Civic Mayor in 1998/99, during which time she raised over £20,000 for her chosen charities.
She supports countless charities and community groups in a voluntary capacity and has raised thousands of pounds for charities, arranging and attending fundraising events, regularly opening her own home and garden on many occasions to raise funds.
Yvonne still volunteers in Finningley and serves on the Airport Committee as an honorary member and volunteer, and also attends the Cantley Community Centre Committee and regularly assists with events. She was also the main fundraiser for the Royal British Legion’s Annual Poppy Appeal in that area, raising thousands each year for that charity.
Yvonne also spends a lot of time helping at the Mansion House, being a longstanding and active member of the Friends of The Mansion House Group. She is also involved in Doncaster Minster and Doncaster Cultural Leisure Trust, becoming an honorary member when she stood down as a councillor and remaining a DCLT Board Member. Yvonne is also a trustee for Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust. The trustees have now raised £500,000 for a much needed second CT scanner at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “Yvonne’s fantastic work for the residents of Doncaster deserves recognition. She puts her heart and soul into helping others and the scale of her fundraising achievements over the years is amazing.
“There is no doubt that her dedication and selflessness has made a huge difference to the lives of many people.”
The Civic Mayor of Doncaster, Councillor Majid Khan said: “Yvonne is a worthy recipient of such recognition. She gives her time to a number of charities and is passionate about doing all she can to support the wellbeing of our communities.”
Yvonne said: "This is a very proud moment and I would like to thank those who have nominated me for this very special recognition as well as everyone who has supported my fundraising projects.
“It is a great honour and privilege to receive such a wonderful award for something I truly enjoy doing – helping others.”
The Freedom of the Borough is an honorary title and authorities are able to bestow it on individuals who have provided exceptional service to their town or enhanced its reputation through their actions.