Community charities and Calderdale’s only special high school were presented with awards in the last official engagement for Virginia Lloyd, High Sheriff of West Yorkshire.
Halifax’s The Basement Project, The Next Step Trust, Street Angels, Ravenscliffe High School and Elland’s Overgate Hospice were recognised for outstanding contribution to the county in a ceremony at Leeds Combined Court.
Each beneficiary were presented with a certificate and a small donation.
Mrs Lloyd said: “The High Sheriff Award Ceremony has given me the opportunity to recognise some of these passionate and dedicated people who make West Yorkshire the wonderful place it is.”
Mrs Lloyd, co-founder of Design and Display, Elland, with her husband Clive, stepped down from her position after completing her one year term.
The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal one year appointment.
Mrs Lloyd said: “My year as High Sheriff has been both incredibly exciting and humbling. It’s been an absolute privilege to meet so many inspirational people who give so much of themselves to help others.
“I feel immensely proud of being High Sheriff of a county containing so many amazing people and organisations.”
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.