A well known face to shoppers at a Morley supermarket has been presented with an award from Prime Minister David Cameron.
Maxine Green, a Community Life Champion at Asda, is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Each day, someone in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
Volunteering veteran Maxine has dedicated over 9,000 hours of her time to community projects and was most recently selected to volunteer at the Tour de France stage one in Skipton.
Acting as a ‘Way Finder’ she was the friendly face that welcomed visitors to the area and directed them safely around the stage.
Her over-and-above enthusiasm for the role meant that she was asked to help support the training of other volunteers in the lead up to the event.
In 2013 she helped Asda’s Yorkshire staff raise £700,000 for local causes, including Breast Cancer Care.
Maxine, a breast cancer survivor herself, said: “I am stunned as it was totally unexpected. I just do my job. I do these things for myself and others, not because it is a work programme, but because I want to do it from the heart.
“I would like to thank the team at Asda House that nominated me for this award.”
Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls, said: “I’ve worked and campaigned with Maxine countless times over recent years. From getting help for Morley Heritage Centre and dressing up as Pudsey Bear for Children in Need, to forced rhubarb pulling at her family farm and quick cricket in local schools, Maxine is always the one who puts in the time to make things happen.
“I’m delighted she has been honoured in this way.”