WINNERS and runners-up of the coveted Feltham Citizen of the Year awards were announced on Monday.
The search is over as four kind-hearted people, two winners who received £500 each for a charity of their choice and two runners-up, were recognised for their hardwork and dedication to helping people in the borough.
Scooping the top prize were Ray Coleman, secretary for the Feltham Bees disabled sports club, and Bernardine Doran, Feltham Citizen Advice Bureau's (CAB) longest serving volunteer.
Mr Coleman will donate the funds to the Bees which he has been a part of since it was setup in 2002 working on everything from the day-to-day running to organising football camps and holiday activities. He was nominated by the Feltham Arts team for his work with the players as well as supporting other local projects such as the Feltham Festival and the Mayor's New Year's Day parade.
He said: "I feel very honoured and humbled. The money will contribute towards a minibus for the players to take us to matches."
Mrs Doran, 84, of Feltham, was rewarded for her passion and dedication to volunteering for the past 40 years at Feltham CAB, helping at St Lawrence's Church and the Feltham Forum Group. She was nominated by Parveen Sohal who works at the bureau for ongoing commitment to the community.
Mrs Doran said: "I was quite surprised. I would like to equate the work we all do with being in a good team as it can be hard work. I haven't found anything that is more rewarding, challenging or fulfilling. It gives you a feel for Feltham and how other people live their lives." She will decide on a charity to receive the funds.
A special surprise honorary certificate was presented to long-term Feltham resident and Chronicle columnist Eddie Menday.
Mr Menday said: "My first feelings was surprise and delight to be an Honorary Award winner. It is nice to be recognised for one's efforts but there are so many more people in the community that do so much wonderful voluntary work and are not recognised.
"If only their colleagues and friends would nominate them for an award they too would be honoured in this way. Both the Feltham Centre and the Chronicle are to be congratulated on continuing the scheme and hope that it will receive even better support in the future."
Launched in 2008, the awards organised by The Centre manager in Feltham, Lorraine Eggleton, and backed by the Hounslow Chronicle, were introduced to give something back to local pillars of the community who give up their time and go the extra mile.
The awards were announced by Chronicle columnist Mr Menday and certificates were presented by special guest Inspector Mark Weston, at Starbucks in The Centre.
There were countless nominations for the citizen of the year but unfortunately no valid nominations were listed for the young citizen of the year for 2012, and therefore two prize winners were selected by the judging panel; Mr Menday, Ms Eggleton, and Chronicle reporter Salina Patel.
Runners-up were 23-year-old Paris Williamson and Laura Ashby, 27, who was unable to attend.
Miss Williamson helped setup a new website for Feltham Arts and is currently studying arts and events management at Bournemouth University. She said: "I didn't expect anything like this from doing the website. But I think the winners are so deserving."
Miss Ashby, 27, of Feltham received the award for helping to improve life for residents for the past seven years through working on estates and holding workshops for children and the elderly.