John Scoble from Thornton Le Dale has been awarded the 2017 Service Before Self Award by Pickering Rotary Club.
The award is made every year to a member of the public who has made a significant contribution to the local community. Anyone can suggest a nominee with the final decision being made by a panel of Rotarians.
John, in former years, was an accomplished guitar player, but in recent years he read in a newspaper article that learning to play a musical instrument can help to delay the onset of Alzheimers. So in 2013 he started a ukulele group consisting of six people, and organised a concert which raised £2000 for Martin House. At the end of the concert he invited members of the audience to join the group. From this small beginning the group now numbers some seventy people, many of whom have serious health issues including Parkinson's, MS, partial sight and diabetes. The group now play in concerts raising thousands of pounds for charity.
Hugh Morgan, President of Pickering Rotary Club, said "John is a great exemplar of what can be achieved by all individuals in our community, be they young or old. John thoroughly deserves this award for the amazing success he has achieved with the ukulele concerts and the pleasure he has brought to so many".