Queen's Award for Voluntary Service


Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Presentation Evening

Our dedicated volunteers at Wirral Hospice St John’s have been honoured with the official presentation of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at a special celebration evening held at Neston Cricket Club on Monday 31 October 2016. The evening was attended by more than 100 of the Hospice’s 500+ volunteers who help the Hospice in many ways, including patient care and family support, reception, admin, gardening, housekeeping and fundraising.

The prestigious award was presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead and graciously received by Mrs Sandra Fairclough and Ms Emma McKeown on behalf of the Hospice’s volunteers. Other dignitaries supporting the event were Deputy Lieutenants Colonel Martin Amlot and Mr Stephen Burrows, and Deputy Mayor, Mrs Ann McLachlan.

Julie Gorry, Wirral Hospice’s Chief Executive said: “We are very proud of our volunteers who are so deserving of this special honour. Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do here in providing such a special place of care and support for our patients and their loved ones. We could not run without the immense amount of time, energy and expertise our volunteers bring to our charity. Thank you to each and every volunteer for what you bring to us, your kindness and dedication shines through.”

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Wirral Hospice St John’s Volunteer Service recipients of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016

Volunteers at Wirral Hospice St John's have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The Hospice provides free specialist care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses living in Wirral, and to their carers and loved ones.

 The award celebrates the contribution of all volunteers to the Hospice from its founding in 1983, to the 500 volunteers who today work tirelessly as a team, raising funds and providing support across all patient services and hospice support services. Volunteers work on site at the hospice, at patient homes, and in the community.

 Carole Snow, Volunteer Services Manager at Wirral Hospice, together with hospice volunteers Ruth Hagerty, Olwen Saunders, Liz Munro, Marjorie Fagan, Norma Beaumont and Kath Kenyon, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24 May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award. 

 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. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. 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.  

 The hospice volunteer group will receive the award from Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, later this summer.

 Julie Gorry, Chief Executive of Wirral Hospice said:

 “It is a great honour for our volunteers to receive this award, which is recognition of the truly wonderful yet sometimes understated contribution volunteers make not only to the service we provide here at Wirral Hospice,  but to that of similar organisations across the country. It is perhaps even more special at this very exceptional time for the Queen. I would like to thank each one of our volunteers personally for the part they played in making this possible. I hope this accolade encourages more people across the Wirral to volunteer in an area of their choosing; the support really does make a difference.”  

 The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis 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 very 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 huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities 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 more compassionate society.”

 To find out more about the range of voluntary opportunities available at Wirral Hospice St John’s, contact Carole Snow on 0151 482 8986, caroles@wirralhospice.org

Thank you from the Trustees

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award a voluntary group in the UK can receive. This year, it has been granted to Wirral Hospice St John’s, where we have a force of over 500 generous-hearted, wonderful volunteers who do such valuable work.

It is with great pride that the Trustees thank each and every one of the volunteers for their stalwart support, whatever the role they play in the Hospice’s life. 

This voluntary support permeates through the fabric of the Hospice itself and out into the community. Every role is important, from Trustee to catering support to shop helper; too many roles to list, but each one makes such a difference.

An Award well earned by all the Hospice’s loyal supporters: thank you so much for your excellent efforts.

Dr Paul Cuthbertson. MBE
Chair of Trustees

You can find out more about our Hospice volunteering opportunities here.



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