A fundraising champion has been co-opted onto a town council.

Shane Yerrell was invited onto Waltham Abbey Town Council at the last full meeting as an unelected member.

He replaces Glynis Shiell in the Paternoster ward.

Mr Yerrell has raised more than £30,000 for a variety of causes since 2011 by setting up crowdfunding appeals and taking part in fundraising challenges.

His efforts have been recognised with a Pride of Essex award and a British Citizen Award.

He said: "I would like to thank Waltham Abbey Town Council, not just for the opportunity but for the support and encouragement they have given me.

"I have been involved in many things within out local community over the last seven years throughout my fundraising and will continue to do so with my charity Through The Fight Foundation.

"I will do my very best to bring something positive to Waltham Abbey Town Council and to the local community.

"Waltham Abbey is a lovely place and can only continue to get better.

"I am proud live in Waltham Abbey and honoured to be part of our town council."