DEDICATED volunteers were honoured at an award ceremony in Ellesmere Port.

Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations (EPNAVC) hosted its annual ceremony on Thursday, July 19.

The event gave voluntary sector organisations in the town the chance to say thank you to those who have completed 100 hours volunteering in the past year.

This year, 26 organisations put forward a total of 210 star volunteers.

Gemma Dunn of EPNAVC said: “Seven volunteers from five organisations also received special awards for volunteering: Eddie and Jill Gore from West Cheshire Athletics club, Chris Brown from Wolverham Computer and Learning Centre, Charles Beswick from Golden Star ABC Sports and Fitness Centre, Rita George from WRVS and Gwilym Parry and Alec Rushton from Oasis Centre for young people all received the prestigious 25-year commemorative paperweight.

“This year we received five nominations for the Enid Hester Award which recognises individuals for their services to children and young people.”

The award was won by boxing club volunteer Charlie Beswick, a retired trainer who helps at the Golden Star ABC.

Charlie was instrumental in the club’s move to The Princes Hotel.

He received the award for 40 years in the volunteer sector at the Golden Star ABC.

Carl Teasdale and Gary Egan from the club were also awarded for hundreds of hours work for the club.

The event was held at Trinity Church in the centre of Ellesmere Port and entertainment was provided by Grant Scott.