A real local hero

Karen Nash is a real local hero

Don’t take our word for it because she was the overwhelming choice of the judges selecting winners in this category in the recent Minster FM Local Hero Awards.

The category, proudly sponsored by Yorwaste, was aimed at people who go out of their way to protect the environment and help make the world a greener place.

Karen was recognised for her work collecting aluminium foil, drink cans and household cables to raise funds for The Snappy Trust (formerly known as Special Needs Activity and Play Provision for York).

Wanting to give back for the help she has received for her son Peter, Karen has so far collected over 7 tonnes, raising £5,000 for the charity.

In addition to the Minster FM award, Karen also recently won a Every Can Counts Green Can Award for her ‘Foil for Snappy’ project.

Karen says: “The Snappy Trust supports over 300 children with additional needs including my own son. By recycling what others throw away we are fundraising for them and saving the planet at the same time which is very satisfying.

I never imagined that asking friends of Snappy to collect a few Christmas drink cans and mince pie cases to raise a little bit of extra money could become a city-wide aluminium recycling collection.

I am very proud of what we have achieved and to receive the Every Can Counts Green Award and now the Local Hero Award in recognition of our hard work is very special.”

Anne Stamp, Service Manager at The Snappy Trust said “We are incredibly grateful for the Foil for Snappy project. Not only has it raised awareness for The Snappy Trust but also for the environment, so much so that even the young people who attend Snappy have become more responsible with their cans.”

Matthew Pearson, Yorwaste’s Head of Commercial Operations, presented Karen with her Local Hero Award.

He said: “Karen was a very deserving winner and is a perfect example of how local people can have a positive impact on the environment and make such a difference.”

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