THEY are the unsung heroes of the borough, going about their work under the radar.
But the kind-hearted people who make up the Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre (HFVC) had their evening in the limelight last week when they were honoured by the borough mayor, Frances Stainton, and her consort, Prince Mohsin Ali Khan of Hyderbad, India, at a glittering awards ceremony at Hammersmith Town Hall, which was filmed by the BBC.
There are about 75 volunteers who make up the centre, and their work ranges from mentoring people with mental health issues to carrying out reception work at charitable organisations across the borough.
Award winner Latoya Assante, who has been a volunteer intern with Works4U, helping local businesses like Disney and Diageo with their work in the community, has used her experience to secure a job with British Airways.
She said: “Volunteering is a great way for young people to develop new skills and experience that can help them find employment.”
Chief executive of HFVC Marion Schumann said: “I introduced the volunteer awards ceremony 13 years ago as we feel it is absolutely essential to acknowledge and celebrate the work volunteers do.”
Winners relaxed and enjoyed entertainment from comedian Geoff Schumann and Kiera Rhomes.
* Every year the Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre supports more than 5,000 volunteers. If you would like to help, visit hfvc.org.uk or telephone 0208 741 9876.