Four West Sussex groups were honoured by Her Majesty The Queen when she announced yesterday that 193 outstanding UK volunteering groups have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
This unique UK national honour recognises the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers; it has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.
In West Sussex the winners were:
- Arundel Museum Society Volunteers
- Community Minibus Association (West Sussex)
- Ferring Conservation Group
- The Volunteers of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
The organisations will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty’s representative in West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, the Lord-Lieutenant, at a special ceremony arranged by the Lieutenancy office.
The organisations have also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this summer.
Mrs Pyper said: “I am absolutely delighted that four of our outstanding voluntary organisations in the County have been selected as winners of this most prestigious award. I hope that their success will act as a spur to our many other voluntary organisations in West Sussex to encourage them to seek formal recognition of the excellence of their work.”
Twenty-four groups from West Sussex have now won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service over the fourteen years since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
Nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017 are now open and people have until 30 September 2016 to submit a nomination. Visit www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service to find out how to nominate.