An organisation which supports carers and helps older people maintain their independence within their own homes has been given an award.

An awards ceremony attended by Southend West MP Sir David Amess was held at Earls Hall Baptist Church, hosted by Crossing Boundaries, where they received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017.

The awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst, and received by Cheryl Higgins on behalf of Crossing Boundaries.

The MP for Southend West spoke at the ceremony of his involvement with the team and commended the excellent work they do.

He said: “Crossing Boundaries continuously makes Southend a better place as a result of the work they do.”