In conjunction with York Racecourse, Welcome to Yorkshire used the Ebor Festival as an opportunity to celebrate and reward Yorkshire’s Community Heroes, people nominated for having gone the extra mile and made a positive impact in the community, at work or to people personally.
The 22 deserving nominees enjoyed a day at the races on Saturday 21st August, each with a randomly drawn runner in the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap race.
A huge congratulations to John Hendrick who drew the victorious horse Sonnyboyliston, winning himself £5,000 and an additional £15,000 for his chosen charities, which he is splitting between Yorkshire Children’s Trust and the Orangutan Foundation.
Local hero John Hendrick from Halifax was nominated for his efforts working in a secondary school all the way through the pandemic. At the beginning, he made 2,000 face visors with a couple of colleagues which were in very short supply nationally. These were distributed to local hospitals, care homes, GP practices & the Yorkshire Ambulance service. He also helped the vulnerable by doing their shopping, which he is still doing now.
John Hendrick, Ebor Community Hero, said: “It was an honour just to be nominated and another lovely surprise to be selected, but for Sonnyboyliston to win the race (after a brilliant ride from Ben Coen) has left me speechless. All the very best to all the other nominees for the future, and many thanks to the Welcome to Yorkshire and York Racecourse organisers.
Last but certainly not least, I feel very privileged to be able to help out two charities, Yorkshire Children’s Trust in Halifax and the Orangutan Foundation, and hope the donations help a little.”