TWO women from Trap have been recognised as Community Champions at the inaugural Jo Cox Cymru Awards.

Pat Thomas and Beryl Owen received their awards at a ceremony in Cardiff last week.

They were named Community Champions at the Jo Cox Cymru Awards, set up as a way of expressing appreciation for community activism.

The pair were presented with their awards by Eluned Morgan AM.

Pat and Beryl were nominated by fellow Trap resident Catherine Rogerson.

She said: “Pat and Beryl are the Community Champions of Trap, Llandyfan and Derwydd.

“They have worked tirelessly for over 40 years for the benefit of these communities.

“There is no ego and they never seek praise as they really care about people and do their utmost to help and support everyone.

“Practically, everything that happens in our community is due to them and their sustained efforts over 40 years is truly remarkable.

“They have been the leading light in Trap W.I. and the main organisers of the annual Trap Fun Run and Trap Agricultural Show.

“Every year they help raise substantial amounts of money for various charities and in doing so involve and bring the community together.”

Speaking about the awards, Eluned Morgan AM said: “We have a great community spirit in Wales, with so many people volunteering and giving back to their communities in a whole variety of ways.,

“These awards are about celebrating the huge contribution ordinary people make to improving the lives of others.

“Jo felt passionately that even the greatest challenges could be overcome – I believe that the dedication, selflessness and hard work celebrated in these winners exemplify just that.”

Jo’s sister, Kim Leadbeater said: “I want to say a huge congratulations to all of the people who have won awards.”