EAST Durham celebrated those who give up so much of their time for so little in return during a well-attended awards night.
The East Durham Area Action Partnership Volunteer Awards were held at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suite, in Old Shotton, where 31 volunteers and five volunteer organisations were recognised.
Easington MP Grahame Morris, who is a former board member of the Area Action Partnership (Aap), was on hand to give out the awards to the selfless nominees.
The Aap joined with one of its partner groups, East Durham Trust, to hold the event and were able to give £250 to 10 of the volunteers, who handed the money over to its group.
The chairman of Aap, Alan Miller, said: “Volunteering in East Durham is an integral part of our culture and something that is done on a regular basis, by people who would not consider themselves as volunteers, but just good neighbours.
“East Durham Trust’s Volunteer Centre has well over 2,000 people registered, but that number is, I believe, only the tip of the iceberg.
“Volunteers, registered or not, are the bedrock of our communities and play a vital role in maintaining the social fabric of East Durham.
“Throughout the economic downturn we have seen an increase in the number of people giving up their time to get involved in a wide range of community activities, supporting groups, and contributing to the welfare of individuals.
“I am very pleased to be able to recognise just a few of those volunteers and the groups they represent at this volunteering event.”