Mr Russell pictured during one of his visits to the charity he supports in southern India.

A King’s Lynn man is one of only 25 individuals to be recognised with a prestigious citizen award.

Steven Russell is next month due to receive the British Citizen Award – dubbed the “people’s awards” – for International Achievement. 

His medal will be presented on July 7 at the Palace of Westminster in London.

The award, in partnership with One Stop, recognises exceptional individuals who “positively impact their communities, charities or individual cause”.

Alongside working in local government for 24 years, Mr Russell has worked passionately fundraising and developing links to support The Bethesda Children’s Trust in southern India.

The charity looks after abandoned children and youngsters at risk. Since 1997, Mr Russell has raised more than £120,000 for the charity.

He has travelled to India more than 20 times and has supported the staff and has taken measures to ensure the children’s safety. 

He has also continued to be connected with the children, staff and church pastors online via Zoom.

In awarding the medal, the awarding panel heard Mr Russell has also helped to establish links with around 14 churches in the area and more than 1,000 children have had a “positive impact in their lives” due to his dedication.

Mr Russell suffered a life-changing accident to his spine while in India but this has not stopped him from continuing to support the charity and help those less fortunate.

Jonny McQuarrie, of One Stop, said: “This year’s medallists have reminded us of how many amazing people are supporting our communities across the country and we know how important voluntary work is to support those in need.

“Our congratulations go to all honourees.”

Mr Russell is due to receive his medal at a ceremony hosted by television news presenter Naga Munchetty.

The British Citizen Award was established in 2015 and recognises people who work “tirelessly and selflessly” to make a positive impact.

“The BCA recognises true community heroes who would otherwise likely be overlooked,” a spokesperson said.

Recipients are set to be given a day to remember when they receive their awards with the medals presented by senior representatives from One Stop.

They will also have an open top “lap of honour” tour of central London and a reception at Church House.