Volunteers are recognised at awards night

Luton celebrated the work of its ‘unsung heroes’ at the Volunteer Awards on Thursday, June 5.

More than 200 people attended the event at the University of Bedfordshire, recognising the hard work and dedication from the volunteers.

The winners on the night were Debra Knight for Exceptional Achievement, Darren Woodhouse for his Business Contribution to the Community, Gulab Sharma in the Health and Wellbeing category, Bozena Briggs won the Supporting Learning category, Sheila Dixon for Lifetime Achievement and Vrajlal Pattni in the Support and Advice category.

Faiza Raqeeb won the Young Volunteer of the Year, Samuel Christy Jesudass was awarded the Sporting Volunteer of the Year title, Bill Bell is the Cultural Volunteer of the Year and Steven Dolby is the Community Champion of the Year.

Team Signposts won the Going Green title and were also crowned the People’s Choice Winner of Winners, which was voted on the night.

A range of local private, public and voluntary organisations organised the awards with the council, TUI UK & Ireland were the main sponsors and other organisations helped to fund categories.