A competition that recognises the work of volunteers was officially launched in Harrow this afternoon.

Nominations for the annual Harrow’s Heroes awards - an opportunity for Harrow people to recognise hard-working volunteers with their own awards ceremony – opened on Monday, but today saw Harrow Council and a number of charities mark the launch of this year’s competition.

Mayor Councillor Krishna Suresh spoke to charity workers and shoppers in Harrow town centre this afternoon, giving a speech to encourage people to donate anyone they think has donated their time and effort as a volunteer.

He said: “I am very proud to be here today to mark the launch of Harrow’s Heroes this year.

“Volunteers are a very important part of our community and it is important they get the recognition they deserve for their fantastic work.”

For further information on Harrow to nominate and for terms and conditions, please visit www.harrow.gov.uk/harrowheroes