Cherry Trees in East Clandon is recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015
Cherry Trees is delighted to have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Trudi Harris and Adrian Thompson representing Cherry Trees attended a garden party given by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 20 May where other recipients of the award were also present.
Cherry Trees is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups has increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
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 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Cherry Trees will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey later this summer.
Chair of Cherry Trees Trudi Harris said:
“Cherry Trees has been helping families with children who are severely disabled for 35 years. Without our volunteers we simply would not exist. Although the care we provide is entirely professional the running of the home, fundraising and minibus driving are dependent on volunteers aided by two paid fundraisers. Our volunteers give their time freely and willingly and I am delighted that their hard work and dedication has been recognised by this prestigious award. Volunteers are a vital part of any charitable organisation, and we are no exception. We are always happy to hear from anyone who can spare some time, however little or however much, to help us in our work.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”
Dame Sarah Goad, Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, comments:
“A record number of 12 voluntary groups from across Surrey have had their outstanding contributions recognised in 2015 and receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the prestigious UK Honour which sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering. This is the highest-ever number in any one year to be awarded in our county since the annual award was created in 2002. Together, the groups reflect extraordinary levels of volunteering and selfless contributions that make a real difference in their communities, and they deserve our gratitude and congratulations.
“These groups and organisations are the key to inspiring others – across Surrey – to get involved in volunteering,” she adds. “We want to encourage even more nominations in Surrey for Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service in 2016. So if you know an inspiring voluntary group, please visit www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service to find out how to nominate.”