IT IS a prestigious award normally given out to people who spend most of their lives as volunteers.
But this year, the Pompey Supporters Trust will be receiving a civic award for their service to the community.
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, nominated the trust and said the contribution it has made to the city is massive.
It will be joined by six other volunteers in this year’s mayor-making ceremony where the trust will receive the award.
Trust chairman Ashley Brown will collect the award along with Barry Dewing who helped set up the trust.
But Mr Brown said it is important that everyone in the trust is recognised for their hard work.
He said: ‘The civic award is a great achievement and it is important that people know it is for everyone involved in the trust from board members to staff to residents.
‘It was an honour that the council wanted to recognise our hard work because, in my mind, there are two things that represent Portsmouth –the football club and the naval history.
‘The club is already our heart of the community but it needs to become the centre of the community in Portsmouth.’
The trust will receive its award on Tuesday, June 3 and councillor Vernon-Jackson said it thoroughly deserves it.
He said: ‘I decided to nominate the Pompey Supporters Trust because they worked so hard last year.
‘I can think of no group that has had such a big impact on the community like they did.
‘They are a group of people who saved the football club and raised the money from fans to keep the club going.
‘I think it is only right that the council recognises them and all the other people who have been involved in the club.’
Other people who have won a civic award in the past years include the late Eddie Grenfell who fought for the veterans of the Arctic Convoys to receive a medal.
Councillor Vernon-Jackson added: ‘The civic award is normally given to people who have done 50 years of volunteer work.
‘But the trust has done amazing work this past year.’