Time isn't always money for gardener Kevin Hines as he goes about the job he loves.
Kevin, 55, works at Silver Birches elderly persons' home in Filey, keeping the grounds looking spick and span. And although he is only paid to work for 1.8 hours a week, he often stays all day for no extra pay and regularly turns out to help at fundraising events for the residential home.
Filey resident Kevin's dedication was recently recognised when he won the ''Making a difference behind the scenes'' category in North Yorkshire County Council's Health and Adult Services Staff Excellence Awards.
Home manager Angie Tate said: "He's just brilliant and keeps the gardens really tidy. He comes to work rain or shine and often works the full day but asks for no more money for this. It is difficult to persuade Kevin to take his annual leave because he loves his job so much. He's never had a day's sickness and always volunteers to help at fundraising events.''
Kevin said when he was nominated he could not understand why he had been chosen. "When I won the trophy I could not believe it and was absolutely elated,'' he said.
The awards are a way of thanking County Council adult social care and public health services frontline staff who work above and beyond their line of duty and make a real difference to the lives of the county's most vulnerable people.
County Councillor Clare Wood, Executive Member for Health and Adult Services, said: "Kevin is an example of the fantastic people working in adult social care and public health in North Yorkshire who are completely dedicated, motivated and professional. It's one of the main reasons these services are so highly valued. We could not deliver our excellent services without the outstanding contribution of our staff."