MORE than 120 people gathered to celebrate hard-working people at the Castle Point Volunteer Awards in Thundersley.

The event at Runnymede Hall was hosted by the CAVS (Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services) and compered on the day by councillor Andrew Sheldon.

Almost 40 volunteers were nominated for awards by community groups and members of the public for The Young Volunteer Award for under 21s and The Mayors Award for over 21s.

Hannah Mickleburgh-Gardam won the Young Volunteer Award for her work supporting fellow students at the King John School Sixth form, which she attends.

She has carried out various projects with school children and their parents.

Cliff Moore won the Mayor’s Award for his work volunteering with the Essex Wildlife Trust to maintain woodlands in Hadleigh over the past 45 years, and is still going strong today.

More than 40 volunteers were nominated for both categories by the public, with all of the nominations receiving a certificate.

Janis Gibson, Chief Executive Officer of CAVS, said: “It was an honour to be part of such a memorable day.”