High Sheriff of West Yorkshire wants to honour region's unsung heroes

THE new High Sheriff of West Yorkshire hopes to use his post to honour the army of voluntary carers who dedicate their lives to helping others across the region.

High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Richard Jackson pictured with his wife, Elaine.
High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Richard Jackson pictured with his wife, Elaine.

Richard Jackson, who takes office by Royal appointment this month, aims to hold a special reception for these unsung heroes.

He is asking for nominations for people who you feel should be invited to the special event and get the recognition they deserve.

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The idea came about after Mr Jackson and his wife Elaine by chance met a carer on a holiday flight and were deeply moved by their dedication and the role they played.

He said: “In addition to our official and ceremonial duties my wife and I are excited and honoured to be able to use our Shrievalty year to recognise those who devote much of their precious time to protecting and improving the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.”

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political Royal appointment for a single year.

The origins of the office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the King for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown.

Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.

Whilst the duties of the role have evolved over time, High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector.

To nominate a carer, simply tell us why you think they should be recognised.

Email [email protected] with the details, including your own name and contact number.