YP Comment: Invaluable work of charities

IT is testament to the extraordinary work, and diversity, of Yorkshire's charities that 11 organisations have been named today as the latest recipients of the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Without their dedication, and the tireless work of a small army of volunteers committed to giving something back to a county they’re proud to call home, Yorkshire would be a much poorer place.

And it would be misguided to under-estimate the significant of the work undertaken by these charities – the winning projects range from tourism attractions to a group working to combat loneliness to a cricket club committed to building inter-faith relations.

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While these organisations, and many more, flourish because they’re apolitical, it would equally be remiss for the country’s political classes to take them for granted. For, without the selflessness of so many, just who will fill the void?