She said: “I love volunteering. In the roles that I have done, I have just enjoyed being able to help people to have a space to be themselves and give that support.”
Ellen was praised for her proactive contribution to the community in setting up a food bank at Harrogate Grammar School, as well as setting up the Harrogate Climbing Team and sitting on the school charities committee.
Ellen said she felt extremely honoured to have been given the award in a speech read out on her behalf.
The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown, and President of Harrogate and District Soroptimists Pat Shore presented the awards.