Lifetime volunteers honoured with awards in Gosport

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VOLUNTEERS who have given more than 20 years of service to their community were recognised at an award ceremony.

Residents who give their free time to help out with community projects and charity events were invited to the ceremony at Gosport Town Hall.

The mayor of Gosport, Councillor Chris Carter, gave awards to 15 volunteers including Brian Russell of the Gosporteers and the organisers of the Lee Horticultural Society shows.

Other awards were given to residents who have been working hard for charity.

Nicky Staveley, from Gosport Voluntary Action, said: ‘They are an incredible group of volunteers who have helped in hundreds of ways to make Gosport a better place.

‘Brian helped raise hundreds of pounds for mayors’ charities over the years. His passion and commitment always ensures events are successful.

‘At the other end of the spectrum there are two young people who have volunteered many hours to make a difference.

‘Julie Hunter is an exceptional Guide leader and Sam Reaside helped start a successful young people’s volunteering group called Loud and Proud.’

Other recipients were: Angela Sign, Caroline Mather and Margaret Moore of the Lee-on-the-Solent Voluntary Care Group; Sharon Butler, Jacqueline Heggerty, Hilary Hetherington, Val Keal, Sandy Lewis and Rosie Wakelin of Girlguiding UK; and Mike Etherington, Marie Harding and Ray Harding of the Lee-on-the-Solent Horticultural Society.