Yorkshire Air Ambulance celebrated its annual recognition awards in a tribute to businesses, fundraisers and volunteers - including former cricketer Sir Geoffrey Boycott and Barn That Rocks concert organiser Peter Fall.

Staff selected the finalists, honouring their dedication and willingness to go above and beyond to support the charity and whose commitment to YAA's mission has made a significant difference.

As an independent charity, Yorkshire Air Ambulance relies on the generosity of the public and fundraising initiatives to sustain its operations.

Linda Stead, regional fundraising manager for North and East Yorkshire, said: "We are delighted to be able to recognise some of the fundraising successes across our region and give back to the people who have worked tirelessly to support Yorkshire Air Ambulance over the years.

"We have a fantastic bunch of avid supporters in the North, who are committed to supporting our vital mission. It is inspiring to work with so many selfless people, and myself and the team are thrilled to have been able to support them on their fundraising journeys."

Awards went to:

Volunteers Award: Peter Covill, a longtime supporter, has made a lasting mark through his dedicated volunteering, driving the YAA Promotional Vehicle to events increasing awareness and regional income.

Community Groups Award: Peter Fall from The Barn that Rocks. Peter, his family, and his red suit have been instrumental in raising substantial funds for numerous charities.  This year £18,400 was raised for the charity. "Peter is cherished and admired by his followers, and Yorkshire Air Ambulance is immensely proud to be associated with one of the Dales' most successful events," said a spokesperson.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Peter Fall is awarded by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Individual and Supporter Organisations Award: Pierre Olesqui from Tour De Aky, and Claire Hartford. Pierre Olesqui has been organising the Tour De Aky for five years. The ride is a tribute to his dear friend and colleague, Mick 'Aky' Atkinson, a North Yorkshire Police Dog handler who lost his battle with mental health problems. Claire Hartford, inspired by the memory of Patrick McDonough, has been an exceptional fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, painting stones for donations and through her 'Coffee with Claire' Instagram spiritual show has raised over £84,000.

Corporate Award: Reed Boardall. Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s partnership with Reed Boardall from September 2020, has seen donations of more than £100,000 for the emergency response charity. The partnership, which includes displaying the YAA helicopter and logo on the back of more than 60 Reed Boardall wagons, has not only raised funds but also increased YAA's profile across Yorkshire and the UK.

The chairman's award was presented to Sir Geoffrey and Lady Rachael Boycott, in acknowledgment of their exceptional contributions and support to Yorkshire Air Ambulance over the years.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sir Geoffrey Boycott receives his award from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance