A TRUE unsung hero – that was some of the praise lavished on award winner Colin Godfrey.

The 68-year-old from Kempshott turned to a life of volunteering after the death of his daughter Heather from Cystic Fibrosis in 1981.

Despite suffering a further loss in 2008, when his daughter Melissa died from the condition, Colin has been keen to help out where he can in many groups and events across the town.

He is an honorary president of the Basingstoke Bluefins Swimming Club, has been involved with the Basingstoke Sports Council, volunteers at Basingstoke hospital and has been a marshal at the Basingstoke Half Marathon.

Colin also helps with community projects at the Sainsbury’s store in Kempshott, where he works part time on the online delivery team.

He said: “As my wife says, I never say no, and I try and help where I can.”

Beryl Huntingdon, of award sponsors Absolutely Offices, said: “Colin’s commitment and dedication to all things Basingstoke, no matter which part of the community, is never ending, from marshalling at the Basingstoke Half Marathon to fundraising for a number of organisations. He is a true unsung hero.”

The other finalists for the Unsung Hero Award were Simon Bound and Richard Lee, for their service to developing Rooksdown community centre, and Darren Bavister, who has helped develop Hatch Warren Phoenix FC, helping kids enjoy football.