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Community Champion Brightens up the Neighbourhood

We were totally delighted by the response we had from the launch of our Community Champion Scheme, set to recognise those in our neighbourhoods who go the extra mile, and it's fantastic that this month's is a nomination from a community member.Guiseley resident of 38 years, Chris Parapia, has been nominated by Nicola Denson.After Chris' retirement in 2010 after over 37 years as a social worker, sitting back and relaxing was not an option! It was after taking up regular local walks that she was shocked to witness the state of Parkinson's Park, a place of relaxation and beauty on the Chevin, which was full of rubbish with grass near to waist height. Not one to hang around, she hit the shops later that day and they had a sign saying they had an environmental grant available. The availability of the grant ended that day and, amazingly, having filled in the forms, she received £50! Spurred on by this she got together a group of 19 people and began clearing the park.Fast forward and now Chris is the Chairlady of 'The Friends of Parkinson's Park' which has recently become the first local Community Interest Company. Since she has been involved, the group has planted a community orchard, wildflower areas, erected benches, organised a children’s gala and really want the wider community-schools and local groups to use the park.Sadly, there has recently been a spate of anti-social behaviour at the park so a 'ParkWatch' initiative has been launched to encourage local residents to keep an eye out for any acts of vandalism and improper use of the park and report them and also to encourage more people to get involved in projects to improve the space.A definite outdoorsy person, Chris is happiest when she is out in the fresh air gardening and is a huge fan of the local area and loves it for the brilliant amenities- rail, schools, shops, surrounding countryside and the lovely people she has met.Chris has always been a busy lady and is also the proud Chair of the 'Aireborough Supported Activities Scheme' which organises short breaks for children with disabilities with their parents.On being told the news of her nomination Chris said "Helping people has always been the biggest part of my career and now it is my passion".Lisa was absolutely thrilled to honour her - "Chris is certainly a lady of action - she has been fundamental in ensuring the local beauty spot of Parkinson's Park is restored for all the community to enjoy for a long time to come- Well done Chris, this award is richly deserved!"Know a local hero? Get in touch with us to nominate them for our next community champion - we love hearing your stories.If you want to help protect Parkinson's Park or would like any further information then visit parkinsonspark.co.uk, visit their facebook page or email parkinsonspark@gmail.com 

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Launching our Spring Special Offer with ‘A Tidy Mind’

First impressions are everything when selling your home - people make the decision to buy a house in the first FIVE minutes of viewing it* With this is mind and growing demand for home organising, we’ve teamed up with the lovely Kate from ‘A Tidy Mind’ to offer you two hours free help so your house gets the value it deserves.**Kate’s services really can work magic and make property hunters buy into a lifestyle and picture themselves living in your home. Whether you are thinking of downsizing and are over faced by the thought of clearing out your loft, or you have a busy family life and just can’t work out how to get your house ‘viewing ready’, we are here to help.A Professional Declutter Expert and a Board member of APDO (Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers), Kate is a graduate of the Certified Home Staging & Styling Professional Course and absolutely loves helping people who are overwhelmed by their clutter & disorganisation.Of her ‘home-staging services Kate says “You can make people want to buy into the life you have when they walk through your door and this is what triggers them to make that all important offer. In addition, by staging your home you will discover what you wish to discard and keep. This will make the impending move far easier, when the time comes”It’s not just us that recognise how important it is to prepare a property for sale, here’s some glowing feedback from some of Kate's many clients.“With very little investment, Kate gave me clear advice on what I should do to increase the appeal. After the tweaks were made and new photos taken, viewings immediately increased and led to a quicker sale.”JB – Ilkley“Turns out there were some quick, easy things I could do to hugely increase the saleability of my home. I’d recommend Kate 100% to any wanting to sell or just upgrade their house.”RC – HarrogateYou can book a free consultation with Kate or find out more information on her services atwww.atidymind.co.ukFacebook, Twitter , Instagram *according to research carried out by developer Harron Homes. **offer limited to first 10 households to instruct Ribston Pippin to sell their property and subject to our standard fee. Ribston Pippin reserves the right to alter the terms and conditions of this offer

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