More than fifty inspirational businesses, groups and individuals have been shortlisted for the Community Heroes’ Awards 2019.

Richmond Council received over 125 nominations for this year’s awards which highlight those willing to go above and beyond to make their communities better places in which to live, work and learn.

Cllr Michael Wilson, Spokesperson for Equality, Communities and the Voluntary Sector said: “It should be a badge of pride and honour for this borough that each year we see such a staggering breadth of work done by our residents, expecting nothing in return, to make their communities a better place to in which to live.”

Nominations varied from environmental projects to sporting activities, community events and sports teams.

Judges will also present three additional awards in response to the high quality of nominees that have been received.

Those of which include the Special Lifetime Achievement Award, the Leader’s Community Hero Award and the Youth Bravery Commendation.

All shortlisted nominees have been informed and are invited to attend a celebration event where the winners will be announced.

Cllr Wilson added: “Whether you give of your time as an individual or a group, the time commitment and motivation is significant.

“This is a chance for us to show our gratitude to you for all that you do.

“I look forward to welcoming all the shortlisted nominees to a special celebration event at York House next month.”