A NEYLAND man who dedicates his life to helping others has won an award.

Pembrokeshire County Council area maintenance supervisor Jonny Sutton was presented with an Inspiration Award at the recent Radio Pembrokeshire Local Hero Awards.

It follows his return from a 12-week stint in Kenya where he volunteered to help coach PE at the Roko 20 academy - a school co-owned by former Neyland resident Tracey Neale-Ferreira.

Mr Sutton, who is well-known in Pembrokeshire for his support of grassroots sport in his home town, has been volunteering for the past 20 years.

The Inspiration Award is the latest accolade he has received for his hands-on approach to help raise community spirit.

Along with coaching at Roko 20, just north of the country’s capital Nairobi, Jonny helped with maths, English, and IT classes as well as extra reading classes.

He also set up a school sports day, which will now be held every year, and even drove the school bus.

Prior to his departure he raised £700, bought the school new goalposts, and set up an appeal for sports shirts that enabled him to ship more than 200 replica shirts out so the children had PE uniform and a team football kit.

“Receiving this award is an honour but it’s not what I do it for,” said Jonny.

“I just love sport and I want others to love it too.

“Being rewarded for your efforts is satisfying but it’s not as satisfying as seeing the faces of youngsters who are hooked on a sport at the first time of trying it.

“Nothing will beat that regardless of what country they are from.”