DUDLEY-born comic and actor Sir Lenny Henry has been awarded for his lifetime of charitable work by the West Midlands' top cop.

The comedian was one of the founders of Comic Relief and has raised millions of pounds for good causes.

David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, handed Sir Lenny the Midlands Business and Community Charity Lifetime Award in celebration of those who go the extra mile for charity.

Receiving the award, Sir Lenny said: "It’s such an honour. My mom always stressed about helping people who were worse off than yourself. She led by example and as a result of that I do the same thing."

David Jamieson said: “It was a pleasure to present Sir Lenny with the award. He fully deserved it.

“I am also pleased my office was able to sponsor this award as it is important that we take time to recognise those who do so much work to help others.

“Sir Lenny is a fine example to us all and should be recognised for his efforts."

He added: “I hope we can all take inspiration from him and go out of our way to make a positive difference in local communities."

Zoe Bennett, the founder of the MBCC Awards, said: “The theme of the Midlands Business and Community Charity Awards was to say ‘thank you’ to those who go out of their way to help others.

“I use the platform to allow others to thank those in their lives that selflessly help others”.