Three people from Potters Bar were recognised for their active voluntary role in the community at the annual Civic Awards last month.

Hertsmere Council’s Civic Awards were organised to recognise the work of the borough’s unsung heroes.

Sue Weaver, one of the recipients, said the accolade was a complete surprise as she wasn’t even aware she had been nominated.

Mrs Weaver is division treasurer of the Guides and has been involved over the last 30 years with the guides, scouts and brownies.

She said: “Volunteering is much better than twiddling your thumbs at home after you retire. Talking to the children keeps me young.”

Her husband also received an award at the event for his work with Hertsmere Community Transport, and his position as treasurer of Potters Bar Community News.

Together the couple also run the Potters Bar Carnival.

Elaine Marsh was also presented with an award for her work with local community groups, including the Potters Bar Town Twinning Association the Friends of Potters Bar Hospital.

She uses her expertise as a former accountant and administrator in the NHS in her position on the committees.

She became involved with Potters Bar Hospital after they cared for her mother shortly before she passed away.

She said: "I get great satisfaction from voluntary work. In a time when everyone takes it is important to give something back, and especially to help the elderly in our community."

They were all presented with a framed certificate at the awards held on 24th March, which raised £6000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and The Peace Hospice.

The money was raised through a raffle and auction and Barclays Bank in Potters Bar donated £750.

The event was hosted by the Mayor, Councillor Peter Knell, who said: “I would like to congratulate and thank all the winners again for their commitment, they should feel very proud.”