Harrogate website creator scoops national award

Pictured from left are Freddie Yauner, Jay Rayner and George Pepper (s)
Pictured from left are Freddie Yauner, Jay Rayner and George Pepper (s)
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A website designed by Harrogate man George Pepper this week won a coveted award at a glittering London ceremony.

Mr Pepper’s social media site is designed to help young people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

The site, www.shift.ms won MS Digital Media of the Year at the MS Society Awards.

The site was one of three nominations in the category, announced and presented by food critic Jay Rayner.

Mr Pepper was joined by co-founder and creative director Freddie Yauner on the night.

He said: “We are delighted to be winning this award.

“The MS Society Awards are a great way to show respect and acknowledge people in the community who do so much for people with MS.”

Freddie added: “It’s great to be recognised.

“This award gives us confidence and can be a springboard for doing more exciting things.”

The site was created in 2006 after Mr Pepper was diagnosed with MS at the age of 22.

He wanted to meet people his own age that had the same questions as he did about living with the condition.

The site allows young people with MS to share experiences and information, and provides support.

Members come from 186 countries worldwide, including France, the USA and Australia.

The MS Society Awards, this year sponsored by Next, were created to reward individuals and groups for their hard work in improving the lives of people affected by MS.

“The judges for the ‘MS Digital Media of the Year’ category were looking for people who had used innovative, digital media to make a positive difference to the lives of people with MS – qualities they found in the Shift.ms website.

The website creators received the award at the Dorchester Hotel event held this week.

The MS Society reports that 100,000 people live with MS in the UK, and most are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s.

Visit www.mssociety.org.uk or call 08088008000.