Charity lands Queen's Award - The Evesham Observer

Charity lands Queen's Award

Evesham Editorial 13th Aug, 2019   0

VOLUNTEERS from Roundabout, the Blackminster based furniture reuse charity, were presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) at a ceremony at their Evesham base.

The award – viewed as the MBE for volunteer groups – was awarded by Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire Patrick Holcroft in recognition of the dedication and commitment of the Roundabout volunteers over the last 25 years.

The signed certificate by Her Majesty the Queen along with an English Crystal engraved with the official QAVS insignia, was marked with a celebratory party, where the volunteers were joined by local civic dignitaries, supporters and past volunteers.

Peter Andrews, Roundabout manager, said: “I am delighted our volunteers have been honoured with the QAVS. They make such a valuable contribution to the local community helping to alleviate poverty locally. Without their dedication and commitment Roundabout would not exist.

Charity chairman, John Barton, added: “We are thrilled to receive the award and for our volunteers to be recognised. I would also like to commend the small management team who provide the continuity necessary for the charity and the volunteer trustees who provide the governance.

Coun Frances Smith, chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: “Congratulations to everyone connected to Roundabout on receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and 25 years of making a difference in our community.

“This is one of the best voluntary organisations in the Vale. Not only does it help vulnerable people but it’s also diverting hundreds of tonnes of reusable furniture from landfill and helping to lower the district’s carbon footprint.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and winners are announced each year on June 2 – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

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