Volunteers thanked at Queen's Award event
Healthwatch Sunderland Volunteers attended the Queen's Award celebration as a thanks for all the support they have given over the past year.
Created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, the award this year was given to Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP), who Healthwatch Sunderland are a part of, to recognise the excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the highest accolade voluntary led groups can achieve and is the equivalent to the MBE for volunteer led groups.
The award was received from the HM Lord Lieutenant on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, Sue Snowdon, who is a huge supporter of PCP and a very inspirational speaker. During the award Sue talked about the dedication and commitment of PCP staff and volunteers and the much needed and greatly appreciated services that we provide being recognised and rewarded. Sue confirmed that,
"The Queen's award is not lightly given nor easily gained. It recognises hard work, vision, commitment and dedication of all. It is hardly surprising therefore that these awards are highly prized and recognised as a hallmark of excellence."
Sue said it was a "great pleasure on behalf of Her Majesty to present the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to PCP and it was a huge honour to receive the Award on behalf of the organisation. I would like to congratulate everyone at PCP – this award is for you."
Staff are very proud of all that the volunteers have achieved and excited to think of what else we could achieve in the future!
If you are interested in becoming a Healthwatch Sunderland volunteer, contact us on 0191 514 7145 and ask to speak to Anna.