An estate caretaker, a safer crossing campaigner, the founder of Sutton's food banks and street pastors, and a young man who has used the tragic death of his brother to battle bullying and provide support for young people in need were all recognised at a moving Sutton Community Awards evening.

People from across the borough were invited to attend the event at The Europa Gallery in Sutton Central Library on Tuesday evening.

Organised by Sutton Council, the event encourages people to nominate deserving groups and individuals in five categories recognising promoting safety, improving lives, contribution to the community, business and outstanding achievement.

Winners were named as: Loredana Beasant, George Hall, Mark Tomlinson, and Tracy Fitzmaurice.

Aaron Hearne and Shannon Fletcher were named joint winners of the outstanding achievement award.

The Safety award went to Ms Beasant, who successfully campaigned and secured funding in her spare time to upgrade a zebra to a pelican crossing on Malden Road. The installed set of traffic lights mean children from Cheam Fields Primary School and Cheam High can cross the road more safely.

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Loredana Beasant won the Safer Borough Award sponsored by Subsea 7

Mr Hall, who worked on the Chaucer Estate for the past 44 years, before retiring earlier this year won the Improving Lives Award.

Visibly emotional upon receiving the award, he received a big hug from presenter Council Leader Ruth Dombey, who spoke passionately about his dedication and the impact his work has had on countless people over the years.

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George Hall won the Improving Lives Award sponsored by Everyone Active

The Community Spirit Award, went to Mr Tomlinson, the co-ordinator of Sutton Street Pastors, Sutton Food Bank and Sutton School Pastors among others.

Receiving his award he said: "This is lovely. I just wanted to make a difference. It’s about seeing people’s lives change and helping others to turn themselves around. The great thing for me is seeing people working together. I was the right person in the right place at the right time."

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Mark Tomlinson won the Community Spirit Award, sponsored by Crystal Palace FC Foundation

Ms Fitzmaurice was named up the Business in the Community Award for her work as chairwoman of the Worcester Park Traders Association.

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Tracy Fitzmaurice won the Business in the Community Award, sponsored by Successful Sutton

 Perhaps the most moving part of the evening came upon the presentation of the Outstanding Achievement Award to Mr Hearne, who could not contain his emotions as he stood on stage.

The young man founded The Liam Charity in 2012 in memory of his brother. He has organised many successful events to raise money for the NSPCC ChildLine and plays an active role in the local community, supporting anti-bullying campaigns in schools and other youth services.

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Aaron Hall, jointly with Shannon Fletcher (not pictured) won the Outstanding AChievement Award, sponsored by Metro Bank

Mr Hearne said: "My brother Liam committed suicide when he was 14. ChildLine, which is run by the NSPCC, helps young people so I do fund-raising. I also share Liam’s story with other young people to help them and honour his memory. This award is for him and shows if you are a good person what you can do in life and in death."

Seventeen-year-old Miss Fletcher, who was unable to attend the evening is an apprentice on the Bridges project, Volunteer Centre Sutton. The project supports young people aged 16 to 24 to make decisions about their future.

The Runners-up: For the Safer Borough Award were Chris McNamara, who assisted the police with finding a man who stole a handbag from an elderly lady, and Leigh Brooks, who intervened when a woman was being racially abused in Carshalton.

Improving Lives Award: Pauline Hennessey and the Sutton Women’s Centre counsellors, Concepta Hill, who everyday cheers up locals in her role as a lollipop lady and The Young Commissioners.

Community Spirit Award: Jan Fielding, who is involved with countless causes in the Belmont area, loneliness-tacklers Sutton South Hello Group and Terry Haswell, an outstanding community member at Sutton Council’s Clockhouse Estate.

Business in the Community Award: Chris Blanks, the devoted managing director of Elwyns Windows in Carshalton for the last 14 years, and Colin Newton of the KIPPA (Kimpton Industrial Park Proprietors Association) BID.

Outstanding Achievement Award: Yvonne Newbold, a tireless campaigner for people with learning disabilities and their families and James Feltham, who has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk unaided. The inspiring 12-year-old swam a whole mile using just his arms to raise more than £8,000 to buy an electric wheelchair.