THE life-changing work of The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation was recognised at an awards evening last night – much to the surprise of its founders.

Colin and Wendy Parry, whose son Tim was killed in the Warrington bombing 25 years ago, attended the north west CIPR Awards, which recognises the outstanding work of PR companies in the region.

The foundation had been chosen as the charity of the year for the annual awards ceremony but the couple were also honoured for their peace work.

Wendy said: “The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation had been nominated as the charity to receive the money raised from the raffle, so we never thought about receiving an awards ourselves.

"We were given the Special Recognition Award for the work we have done over the past 23 years since the charity was formed.

"It was a total surprise but we were delighted to have been given chosen."