Volunteers from across Surrey have been praised for their “remarkable commitment” to helping others at an event staged by county council chairman Peter Martin.
Each volunteer was handed a certificate and a medal at the County Hall ceremony organised to celebrate “the unsung individuals” who work tirelessly in their communities.
Jeremy Pursehouse, who was among those recognised for his work to benefit people in Warlingham, said: “I was delighted to receive the award, but I consider it more a recognition of the work that is put in by an enthusiastic team of people here in Warlingham rather than an individual award.
“The Warlingham events team and other local volunteers stage the community events that make Warlingham the most vibrant village in Surrey. I would also like to thank the county council for staging this brilliant ceremony. The occasional ‘thank you’ goes a long way to keep volunteers volunteering.”
Mr Martin said: “Whether it is volunteers supporting vulnerable residents at Alzheimer’s cafés, volunteers supporting the work of homeless charities or the work at Surrey libraries, that enthusiasm to help your community is a vital element in maintaining a strong civil society. I want to say a very big thank you to all of you. You have all contributed towards our county’s outstanding community spirit.”