A fundraising champion whose efforts have been recognised with various awards has been co-opted onto Waltham Abbey Town Council.

Shane Yerrell was co-opted onto the council at the last full council meeting.

He replaces Cllr Mrs Glynis Shiell as a councillor for the Paternoster Ward.

Mr Yerrell has raised more than £20,000 for a variety of causes since 2011 by setting up crowdfunding appeals and taking part in various fundraising challenges.

His efforts, in recent years, have been recognised with a Pride of Essex award and a British Citizen Award.