Lord Lieutenant Presents Queen's Award

by Joanna Hammond

Lord Lieutenant Presents Queen's Award

Cotswold Friends was delighted to welcome the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Edward Gillespie to present the charity with a beautiful crystal award and certificate, in recognition of receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2021. The Lord Lieutenant was accompanied by his deputies, Colin Dennis and Lavinia Sidgwick. The event was attended by staff, Trustees, volunteers, clients, the charity’s Patron Lord Dulverton and charity supporter Lady Wendy Sterling. Following an introductory speech by Geoff Benn, the Chairman of Cotswold Friends, the Lord Lieutenant congratulated the charity on its prestigious achievement and presented the award. Seven of our fantastic volunteers, who were involved in the award process, also attended and were presented with congratulatory cards and pin badges, as well as a lovely rose. The Queen’s Award is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK and Cotswold Friends was given Special Recognition for outstanding support for the Cotswolds community throughout the COVID pandemic. CEO, Amanda Howard said, “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award today - a testament to the support, hard work and dedication of our volunteers. It was really lovely to be able to celebrate this achievement together after such a challenging year. Thank you to everyone who has supported us.”

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