A GROUP of volunteers in Malmesbury have been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Friends of Riverside, a group of volunteers who run the Riverside Community Centre in Malmesbury and associated projects, received the award at a presentation at the centre last Thursday, July 18.
Trustees Kim Power, Peter Gilchriest, Catherine Doody, Margaret Perrin, new trustee Mary O’Brien and retired trustee Ellen Blacker got up on stage to receive a certificate signed by the Queen from Sarah Rose Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire.
They were also handed a domed glass crystal. The award is considered by many to be ‘the MBE for volunteer groups’.
Kim Power, chairman of Friends of Riverside, said: “Friends of Riverside trustees are over the moon to have received this award.
“This is not only a wonderful recognition of our work, but a great tribute to all the people who volunteer, organise activities and classes and who use the Community Centre.”
“Our volunteers are such special people, and everyone brings their own strengths and expertise. It’s testament to those people that this is such a success and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.
It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
In the nomination, the Friends of Riverside is said to ‘provide an affordable community centre, with activities to enhance the wellbeing and health of local people’.