FOUR voluntary groups from across Staffordshire have been honoured with Her Majesty the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions in local communities and has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.
Groups recognised in this year’s awards include:
Erasmus Darwin Museum Volunteers - Lichfield
SARAC – Burton upon Trent
The Friends of Hednesford Park (TFOHP) - Cannock
The Hub, Fenton – Stoke on Trent
In the coming months, the four groups will receive their certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen along with an exclusive commemorative crystal presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson CBE KStJ, pictured, who is Her Majesty's representative for the county.
Kath Perry, chairman of Staffordshire County Council said: “I am amazed at such diversity in The Volunteer Groups in Staffordshire.
“It is clear to me that the people of Staffordshire are always ready to help in any way they can without seeking reward. Only on days like today do we have the opportunity to pay tribute to the many people who give so freely of their time and expertise to the benefit of others. Staffordshire is a wonderful place to live, work and play and today confirms that. Once again my sincere congratulations on their achievements.”
Representatives from the groups have also received an invitation to attend a future Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
To date 98 groups from Staffordshire have received this annual Award since it was created by Her Majesty in 2002.
There were a total of 230 winners this year.
For further details and information on how to nominate a group visit https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/ where a nomination form can be completed and submitted online. Nominations for 2021 need to be submitted by September 25 2020.