Those providing an outstanding service to the community have received recognition for their work improving the lives of others at Richmond Council's Community Awards.

More than 150 people were nominated across a four week period in June with the winners announced this week. An award ceremony will be held at York House, Twickenham on September 6.

All winners, from a range of different backgrounds, will be awarded with commemorative lapels and tickets to France vs Italy at Twickenham stadium during this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

Gary Flynn received an award for his work leading and coordinating Richmond Street Pastors, who work late nights on a voluntary basis to help reduce anti-social behaviour and assist young people in night time trouble spots.

He said: "It is amazing, I am well chuffed with that, I'm just really shocked that somebody voted for me.

"The people we work with are not just the homeless but also it could be your son and daughter coming home from a night out.

"It would be awkward taking the credit myself because there is a massive team - there are prayer pastors and a management committee which points me in the right direction.

"Some of these people are out at three in the morning, some are 70 years old."

Another winner was Angela Ramsey, who was nominated 19 times for her work with teenage musicians at Groove Academy in Hampton.

She said: "It is a big surprise to win an award but I am really happy about it, it is nice to see other people recognise what you are doing.

"It is all about building a community through music."

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Councillor Susan Chappell, Richmond Council cabinet member for communities, said: "There are so many unsung heroes across the borough.

"They make a massive contribution to the lives of those within their local communities.

"These awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise those members of our community who give so much to others."

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