Fitmums Founder Wins BBC Unsung Hero Award

Posted: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 10:35

Fitmums Founder Wins BBC Unsung Hero Award

The founder of a Yorkshire charity, Sam Barlow, is today celebrating winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021 Unsung Hero award at the annual awards evening which took place on Sunday 19th December.

Sam created Fitmums and Friends with just 4 runners back in 2009 and since then has created 11 groups across Yorkshire and Humber, including one in York and one in Harrogate. In more recent time she started up walking and grief groups after losing her husband Mike just before the coronavirus lockdown.

Speaking at the ceremony over zoom Sam said:

"It's an incredible thing that the BBC recognises even the work of all the volunteers in communities across the country and I feel honoured to be one of so many amazing volunteers tonight. The volunteers that work with me are the magic of everything that happens because I have the ideas but I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for those volunteers out in the community supporting and helping people."

George Cull, Head of Development at North Yorkshire Sport said

"On behalf of North Yorkshire Sport and all of the members of Fitmums and Friends in York and Harrogate, we would like to congratulate Sam on being recognised for this achievement. Her surprised reaction to winning the award shows how humble she is and is a reflection of the energy and enthusiasm which is part of the culture of how Fitmums and Friends operates. It has been a pleasure to work with Sam and the team."

You can watch the moment that Sam found out she had won her award here

Fitmums Founder Wins BBC Unsung Hero Award

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