Fundraiser Derek Highe lights up Local Hero Awards

Dedicated Mirfield man Derek Highe scooped another top award for his contribution to charity at Pulse 1 and Pulse 2's Local Hero Awards.

Derek took home the award for 'Contribution to Charity' at the annual awards dinner on May 26th, after being nominated by friend Alan Hirst.

The win comes hot on the heels of Derek's triumph at the MyMirfield Awards back in April, where he took the best 'Community Event or Attraction' gong for his dazzling display of Christmas lights on Robin Royd Avenue.

Every year, Derek spreads festive cheer by turning his house into a glorious winter wonderland. Visiting the display has become a tradition for hundreds of local families in the run up to Christmas, helping Derek to raise an incredible 30,000 for Kirkwood Hospice over the years.

An emotional Derek said he was "delighted just to have been nominated" and had no idea that he would be called up to the stage to receive the award from Kirkwood Hospice's Kate Leadbeater.

Derek, who runs a kitchens and bedrooms firm, doesn't just save his fundraising for the festive period. A champion for many good causes, he also recently completed the Pedal for Pounds Challenge in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Huddersfield Town Academy.

Jim Coward, Kirkwood Hospice Media & Marketing Manager said: "It was fantastic to see Derek picking up his award for Contribution to Charity this evening. Every year he dedicates months of his life to creating something special for his community to visit and enjoy.

"He has raised an incredible amount of money for Kirkwood over the years, which makes a huge difference to the care we are able to provide for people with life-limiting illnesses in Kirklees.

"We are very proud to have Derek and his family's support. He really is a Local Hero."