Dedicated volunteer Margaret West, who spent 25 years helping improve the lives of hundreds of people, was named Fylde Woman of the Year at a luncheon at the Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham.
Scout leader Rose Marshall and youth worker and entrepreneur Elaine Gregoire, of Streetwise Youth group Warton, were highly commended.
The event - staged by Fylde MP Mark Menzies and our sister paper the Lytham St Annes Express - celebrated the often unheralded work carried out in Fylde.
Mr Menzies said: “The judges told me they genuinely struggled to narrow down the field, and an even tougher time picking the winner. It’s been a delight reading about what feels like a secret army of community champions making our borough all the better. But they shouldn’t be secret.”
Among those shortlisted were In Bloom co-ordinators, cubs leaders, those fighting isolation, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence and those helping young women tackle peer pressure.
Mrs West, of St Annes, has operated a drop-in centre for the past 25 years. With a small band of volunteers, she offers a hot meal and a place to chat twice a week from the Aspire Building in St Albans Road, to vulnerable people.