The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Back in 2012, the year we celebrated our 25th Anniversary, our volunteers were recognised for their services to St Wilfrid's and were awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This prestigious honour is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities - it is the MBE for volunteer groups.

The announcement was made on the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation on 2nd June and in November Mrs Susan Pyper, Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, took a tour of the hospice and met with volunteers and staff before presenting the award.

We were very lucky receive a visit by Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra, later in 2013 who came to meet some of the volunteers and congratulate them on their success.

Our volunteer group were presented with a certificate, signed by Her Majesty, and a commemorative domed glass crystal award – some of the representatives also were invited to attend the annual Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace!

We are all extremely proud of this recognition and what this Award represents for our team of volunteers.  Our volunteers are dedicated to the Hospice and give their time and support, helping us provide the best service to patients in our local community.

Emma Lemm, Voluntary Services Manager