The efforts of volunteers who give up their time to make a difference to their communities have been celebrated at an awards evening.
The awards were first launched in 2004 to recognise and reward individual excellence, team achievement and to publicly thank those people who work tirelessly ‘behind the scenes’ as unsung heroes.
Four individuals and one group were each awarded £500 at Blaby District Council’s Outstanding Achievement Awards.
A £250 prize was given to all of the runners-up.
Ian Patterson, 70, from Countesthorpe, won an award for making Blaby district a safer place by volunteering at the Youth Offending Service for nearly 10 years.
Ian told local media:
“I was surprised when I was nominated for the award and delighted to actually win it. I don’t regard what I do as hard work otherwise I wouldn’t do it, but it’s great to be recognised for helping young people.”
Calum Loades, 17, from Thorpe Astley, won the award for outstanding achievement by a young person.
He volunteers with Braunstone Town Youth Council, Blaby Police Volunteers and Your Thorpe Astley community group.
Community garden A Place To Grow, in Enderby, was given the award for the community or voluntary group that improves the quality of life for residents in Blaby.
Joy May, 58, from Glen Parva, won an award for selfless services to a social or environmental cause.
Stoney Stanton football club chairman Ashley Vineham won the award for sporting achievement after more than 20 years helping the club.
Runners-up included Luke Daines, Braunstone Town Watchers, Heather Barnacle, Chris Fulton, Charlotte Broughton and 4Ward Strokes.
The event and prizes were funded by corporate sponsors including Ford & Slater, Bardon Aggregates, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, Sytner Group, Leicester Marriott, Fosse Shopping Park, Grove Park Commercial Centre Ltd. View sponsor info here.