Latest The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

​I am delighted and honoured to be able to inform everyone that the Hospice Volunteers have been recognised in this morning’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Honours list.

Last year John Fellowes, with the help of several volunteers and supported by the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Sharman Birtles, nominated our army of dedicated volunteers for recognition in the very prestigious “Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service”. This Award was created by the Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee to recognise excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community, and is regarded as the “MBE” for volunteer groups.

At the beginning of April John received notification from Buckingham Palace that the Hospice had been selected as a recipient for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2016. Unfortunately, although we really wanted to shout out from the clock tower at this time, we were all sworn to secrecy, although some people must have had a few ideas something was going on with all the telephone calls for John from the Cabinet Office, Buckingham Palace and the Lord Lieutenant’s Office!

I am extremely proud of this recognition and enormously proud of our volunteers and we are all delighted that they have been honoured with this Award. Willow Wood would be unable to operate without the dedication and support of all its volunteers who generously give their time in a number of roles across the whole organisation and this award reflects their vital role within the Willow Wood Hospice team. The award of “The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016” represents a tremendous achievement for the Hospice and our volunteers and I know that everyone involved with the Hospice will feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.

Once again my heartfelt congratulations and thanks to all our volunteers on this wonderful achievement and my sincere thanks also to all those involved in the application.

Karen Houlston

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