Volunteers and community workers have received awards in recognition of their commitment from Kingston’s mayor, councillor Mary Heathcote.

They were honoured in the annual Community Awards held at the Guildhall.

They included Peter Gray, who has worked for Kingston’s Citizens Advice Bureau for almost 40 years, and Joyce Barton, who has dedicated a quarter of a century to Arthritis Care.

Coun Heathcote said: “It was a privilege to meet a group of people, a blend of youth and experience, who have contributed hugely to the quality of life in our borough and who are model volunteers.”

The other winners were:

- Sheikh Sydney Assor, Kingston Interfaith Forum

- Sylvia Blanc, Kingston upon Thames Society

- Peter Day, Sunray Community Association

- Karen Dempster, Go Kingston - Dr Alan Lyons, Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue

- Michael Maidment, Corinthian Casuals Youth Section

- Grahame Money, Kingston Adult Education - AbooBakar Mulbocus, Kingston Muslim Association

- Daniel Oliver, Kingston Children In Care Council

- Jackie Paddon, Royal Kingston District Scouts Secretary

- Holly Parsons, Searchlight Youth Centre

- Fleur Standring, Kingston Interfaith Forum and the Race and Equality Council

- Judy Thwaites, Kingston Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

- Ruth Walmsley, Kingston Association for the Blind

- Stuart Wears, Sunray and Egmont Residents Association

- Daniel Wheeler, Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness

- Aniela Zaba, International Youth Arts Festival

See the next edition of the Surrey Comet for an in-depth look at the awards.

Click here to read about other dedicated volunteers and workers who have participated in our Unsung Hero feature.