Volunteers across Essex have been acknowledged for their selfless commitment to communities

Volunteers across Essex have been acknowledged for their selfless commitment to communities across the county at the Who Will Care? Awards 2018.

The prestigious awards took place on Wednesday 23 May at Anglia Ruskin University and celebrated inspirational individuals, communities, teams and businesses in Essex that make a huge difference through the work that they do.

Winners included charities helping the homeless, a youth club that focuses on shielding young people from drugs and alcohol, a young hospital volunteer who is much admired by staff and patients, a community events team that lays on a year round calendar of activities, and others whose commitment to their communities, over the decades was recognised.

The Awards, presented by BBC Essex’s Dave Monk, applauded these unsung heroes’ inspirational stories of volunteering.

Business Award

Awarded to a commercial organisation for making an impact on their community through volunteering

Winner: Astro Lighting, Harlow.

Business Award

Awarded to a commercial organisation for making an impact on their community through volunteering

Winner: Astro Lighting, Harlow.

Innovation Award

Award for demonstrating innovation in initiating and developing a service/project to support the community

Winner: The Pink Purse Project- Daniella Stiles

Individual Young Person Volunteer Award

Awarded for demonstrating outstanding commitment within their community either independently or with a charity or community/youth/school group.

Winner: Charlie Vigar

Individual Adult Volunteer Award

Awarded for demonstrating outstanding commitment within their community either independently or through a charity/community group or through their employer.

Winner: James and Maureen Cousins

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