Four hero volunteers have been recognised with a royal award ahead of the coronation.

They are among 500 “coronation champions” nationwide who have been honoured as part of the celebrations for King Charles.

Alex Eades, from Withdean, Brighton, set up her charity Charlotte’s Battle Against Glioblastoma (Charlotte's Bag) in memory of her daughter who died just after her 19th birthday in 2016.

The charity has raised almost £275,000 since then.

Alex said: “It’s great to be recognised. I work full time and then there is all the charity stuff that goes with it too.

The Argus: Alex Eades, right, set up a charity in memory of her daughter CharlotteAlex Eades, right, set up a charity in memory of her daughter Charlotte (Image: The Argus)

"I try to tell Charlotte’s story with a tweet a day about how things developed and what a cruel disease it is.”

Another person recognised was Argus gardening columnist Geoff Stonebanks, from Marine Drive in Seaford.

He volunteers with Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Garden Scheme, raising more than £100,000 since 2012.

He said: “I never dreamed I would get a second invitation to a Royal Garden Party after attending one in 2018. I volunteer because I enjoy it and don’t expect such incredible returns but when it happens it just takes your breath away.”

Another person recognised for the award coincidentally lives in the same road as Geoff.

The Argus: Geoff Stonebanks and Barbara Mine from SeafordGeoff Stonebanks and Barbara Mine from Seaford (Image: Geoff Stonebanks)

Barbara Mine, chairwoman of Friends of Bishopstone Station CIC, was given the award for her work and that of the rest of the group in restoring the Art Deco station building, which needed refurbishment.

Barbara said: “It’s been a passion to bring the station at Bishopstone back to life and this is just the icing on the cake.”

Colin Lyall, who developed a condition called aphasia after suffering a stroke and went on to set up a charity called Say Aphasia, has also been honoured.

Aphasia is when a person has difficulty with their language or speech and is usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain.

The Argus: King Charles IIIKing Charles III (Image: PA)

Colin, from Brighton, will be at Buckingham Palace next week for a royal garden party.

He was nominated by speech and language therapist Kirsty Maguire who helped him in hospital.

She said: “Colin works tirelessly to promote aphasia and I nominated him for a richly deserved Coronation champion volunteer award.  I had no doubt he would win.”

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