MEET Doris Stone,who has devoted her life to helping others and was this week named Feltham's first Citizen of the Year.

The 86-year-old, of Stone Crescent, has been crowned winner of the Chronicle-backed awards scheme, runbyThe Centre, Feltham.

Doris, who organises bingo and whist sessions plus lunches and outings for elderly people, has been given £1,000 to donate to charity and will be honoured with a plaque in The Centre's main building.

She was presented with her award at a ceremony on Monday attended by Feltham MP Alan Keen and Hounslow mayor Andrew MorganWatts. And she didn't hesitate in picking the Shooting Star Children's Hospice in Hampton as her good cause.

"I've always wanted to do something like this and I'm so glad I'm being given the chance," she told the Chronicle.

Mrs Stone was chosen from a list of winners of three categories: Volunteer of the Year, Good Neighbour of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.

She won the first category for her tireless volunteer work at the Bedfont Lane Community Centre and nearby Feltham Community Association.

Doris and her late husband Leonard first got involved at Bedfont Lane more than 30 years ago.

"It's something I love," she said. "I've got so many ladies who talk to me and come and make me laugh.

"I don't want to take it easy. I just want to go on as I am."

Eileen Gray, 75, of Wigley Road, who nominated Doris, said: "Everyone says, what would we do without Doris' club."

Meanwhile, Graham Littlefield, 61, and 14-year-old James Fallon scooped first place in the other categories.

Good Neighbour Graham, of South Road, Feltham, was nominated by Hayleigh Cowell, 24, who spoke glowingly of the ceaseless support he has provided to her family and the wider community.

"He is always there for us, and means a lot to me and my two daughters," she said.

But dad-of-three Graham, a former British Airways safety inspector who suffers from MS, played down his award.

"I feel there are far more deserving people than me, because I am doing something which people should do as a matter of course," he said.

And Longford Community School pupil James, of Beattie Close, was also modest about being chosen as the winner of the Young Citizen category for his volunteer work at the Southville Community Centre.

"It gives me something to do," he said. "The centre is important and should be well supported."

Chronicle historian and Hounslow Community Champion Eddie Menday, who was one of the judges, paid tribute to The Centre for organ-ising what will become an annual event.

"When you scratch the surface you see there's so much voluntary work that goes on in Feltham," he added.

"I'm very proud of the town."

Lorraine Prideaux, manager of The Centre, said the awards were launched to celebrate 'local pillars of the community' and encouraged people to enter next year.

* The Chronicle would like to thank all this year's nominees and all those who nominated them.