UNSUNG heroes from Cheshire Search and Rescue have been handed the highest award for volunteers across the UK.

The volunteer group has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The award was presented by David Briggs, Her Majesty’s lord-lieutenant of Cheshire at a presentation ceremony in October at the team's training base, the Deanwater Hotel in Stockport.

Simon Lane, team leader at Cheshire Search and Rescue said “The team is delighted to receive this award, which can be aligned to receiving an MBE for charities.

"It’s a real honour to have our work over the last 14 years recognised in this way and a wonderful thank you to all those who give up their time and expertise to make the team what it is today."

The team recently featured on BBC1's four-part documentary series Reported Missing.