YORKSHIRE Air Ambulance celebrated its annual Recognition Awards in York earlier this month with three of the winners from Barnsley.

YAA staff meticulously selected the finalists, honouring their dedication and willingness to go above and beyond to support the charity and whose commitment to the service’s life-saving mission has made a ‘significant difference’.

Stephen Croft, from Royston, won the volunteer award on the night.

A spokesperson for the service said: “Stephen Croft, an ex-patient of YAA, was airlifted from Barnsley Football Club in 2018 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

“Following his remarkable recovery, Stephen has become a dedicated volunteer, actively contributing to various aspects of volunteering.

“He shares his inspirational journey through talks, collects donations, and passionately participates in events.

“Stephen’s unique perspective and his personal history with the charity add an invaluable dimension to his message, making his contribution even more vital.”

Wombwell Karting received the community group award for their annual Joe Dale Championships.

“This championship is a heartfelt tribute to Joe Dale, a beloved member of the karting community, who tragically lost his life to a severe asthma attack,” the spokesperson added.

“Donna Peat and the entire Wombwell Karting community remain steadfast in their commitment to honouring Joe’s memory and ensuring that his legacy lives on.”

Cannon Hall Farm received the corporate award for their fundraising efforts.