Two voluntary organisations that go out of their way to help support their local community have been recognised by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire..

Gratitude and Camp Unity, both based in Borehamwood, were among 14 organisations to pick up an award at the 25th annual High Sheriff Awards ceremony.

The awards celebrate the excellent work undertaken by charitable groups and individuals who have made a significant contribution to Hertfordshire’s communities.

One of these organisations was Gratitude - a charity which collects food and goods donated by supermarkets or saved from waste to share in the community to tackle food poverty and encourage a waste free community.

It is run by John and Sheila Carlisle from their pantry in Grenfell Close.

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Camp Unity was recognised in the 'faith groups community project' category.

This is a multi-cultural camp that is a collaboration of five religious groups in Hertsmere, bringing children of different backgrounds together and building local communal cohesion.

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Representatives from Camp Unity, including Borehamwood councillor Victor Eni, left, and the High Sheriff

High Sheriff Sarah Beazley said: "During my year as High Sheriff I have come across many wonderful charities and voluntary groups who do so much to make their communities stronger.

"It is important to share their successes so that they can motivate and inspire, and for groups to join together to tackle challenges. Interfaith and integration initiatives play a valuable role in a whole community approach to ensuring social justice and fighting crime and disadvantage.

"Members of the judging panel were inspired by each of the shortlisted organisations and so we have agreed that they are all very worthy to be called winners. Although it was an extremely difficult job, the panel also decided on one outstanding organisation in each category for special recognition.

"I am delighted to have been able to celebrate some of the very special people and organisations across Hertfordshire for the work they do in the county."