Prestigious royal award for St Wilfrid’s volunteers

Volunteers at St Wilfrid's Hospice who have been given the Queen's Award.''Contributed picture

Volunteers at St Wilfrid's Hospice who have been given the Queen's Award.''Contributed picture

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Volunteers at St Wilfrid’s Hospice have been selected to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

The honour is the MBE for volunteer groups who are recognised and respected by the local community and the people they serve. The announcement was made on Saturday, June 2, on the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice applied for the award in September last year and now the group of over 500 award-winning volunteers will be awarded for their ongoing efforts.

St Wilfrid’s are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and are delighted that their volunteers are going to be rewarded by The Queen.

Angela Wormald, chair of Trustees of St Wilfrid’s Hospice said: “The entire Hospice team couldn’t be more pleased that our volunteers have been recognised in such a special way. The Hospice is celebrating its 25th Anniversary year so it is a fitting tribute that our volunteers have been recognised in The Queen’s Jubilee year.”

A representative of The Queen will present the award-winning volunteer group with a certificate, signed by The Queen and a commemorative domed glass crystal at a local ceremony taking place later this year.

A number of representatives of the volunteer group will also be invited to Buckingham Palace to attend the annual Royal Garden Party. St Wilfrid’s is celebrating its 25 year anniversary and since its opening in 1987 has helped care for over 11,000 local people. 200 people in the community are cared for by the Hospice at any one time, with support also being given to their friends and families. St Wilfrid’s provides services free of charge.

Avril Robinson, head of fundraising for St Wilfrid’s Hospice said: “We are absolutely delighted, It is a great reflection of the dedication and the commitment that our volunteers have offered over the last 25 years, it is just so well deserved and it couldn’t have happened at a better time.”

Mrs Deecie Tester and her husband Barry have been volunteering for St Wilfrid’s Hospice for 25 years. Deecie also witnessed the first foundation of St Wilfrid’s Hospice being laid 25 years ago.

Deecie said: “We are absolutely delighted we have been given this prestigious award that recognises the dedication and commitment of all the St Wilfrid’s Hospice volunteers past and present.

“St Wilfrid’s is a lovely place, with the caring and tranquillity it is just a lovely place to be, we both love volunteering there.”

Deecie added: “I am so excited, it is just lovely to think the panel must have gone into the hospice and thought what a lovely place and lovely people.

For more information about St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the services provided by the staff and volunteers to the local community visit: www.stwh.co.uk or telephone the hospice team on 01243 775302.