VOLUNTEER lifeguards based at Chalkwell Beach were honoured by the local MP with a new Community Champions Award.
Chalkwell Lifeguards Club attended an event in the Leigh constituency office of Anna Firth, MP for Southend West, in order that they receive a Community Champions Award.
10 local volunteer individuals and groups were nominated to receive the award, and a box of House of Commons mints, in recognition for all their efforts to support the local Community and its residents.
This ceremony, also attended by the previous Mayor of Southend, Coun Kevin Robinson, was the first in what is to become a regular Community Champions Awards Ceremony event for people from all spheres of the new Southend City voluntary sector, to recognise the efforts of all those that give up their time to help other individuals in the local community.
A spokesperson said: “The inaugural Community Champions Awards presentation ceremony was packed to the rafters at Iveagh Hall and created an incredible Community team spirit atmosphere, bringing everyone together to listen to Anna Firth presenting so many wonderful heart-warming and inspiring stories from the voluntary sector, presenting 10 Community Champion awards with Southend Mayor Coun Kevin Robertson and Deputy Mayor Councillor Stephen Habermel.”
Chalkwell Lifeguard Volunteer Edward Hayden was one of the people to receive an award.
He commented: “I shall have very fond memories of this gathering for the rest of my days, Anna Firth MP and her personal assistant Julie Cushion are to be congratulated for bringing the local community together in such an amazing way.”
Picture: Volunteers awarded at Iveagh Hall with Anna Firth and the past Mayor
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