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A TEAM of young volunteers won a top award for saving their Epsom youth club from closure. The group of youngsters from Epsom Phab won in the team activity category at the vInspired National Awards. The annual event celebrates the achievements and dedication of young volunteers and youth workers.

The Epsom team were named winners after rallying together to save the 12-strong Phab youth club when Surrey County Council decided to sell off its building.

The youngsters campaigned, organised meetings and rallies, made T-shirts and questioned local councillors.

The campaign was successful and the club is due to be moved to its new Nescot home between October and December this year.

Youth worker Julia Giles said: “It’s such an honour for the team to be named a national winner for the vInspired National Awards. “They are diverse in age from 14 to the oldest at 21. Their backgrounds and experiences are different and for some of them it’s the first time they’ve taken responsibility for something so big and stepped up to the mark. Working together they fought to keep the centre or get an alternative venue, in the face of great adversity too.”

Chris who supported the campaign said: “This is a great achievement for Phab. “The group has worked so hard and creatively to secure their future. They do great work for young people in the area, and I’m very pleased to see them recognised in this way.”

The awards were hosted by model and presenter Katie Piper and comedian Eddie Kadi with performances by The Saturdays and A*M*E.