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Great­est vol­un­teers pitch for chance of na­tional win

- Lancashire · Queen · Elizabeth II · United Kingdom · Notts County F.C. · The Queen · Royal Victorian Order

THE Lord-Lieu­tenant of Lan­cashire, The Lord Shut­tle­worth KG KCVO, has made a fi­nal call for Lan­cashire res­i­dents to nom­i­nate out­stand­ing vol­un­tary groups in their area for the 2021 Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice be­fore this year’s Septem­ber 25 dead­line.

This pres­ti­gious UK Na­tional Hon­our, which has the equiv­a­lent sta­tus to the MBE, recog­nises the ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion made to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties by groups vol­un­tar­ily de­vot­ing their time for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers.

In June this year, nine out­stand­ing Lan­cashire groups were an­nounced as amongst the re­cip­i­ents of the 2020 award from nom­i­na­tions made from across the UK. These groups were nom­i­nated by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Al­though the win­dow for 2021 nom­i­na­tions has been open since April, there is still time to sub­mit a nom­i­na­tion be­fore the clos­ing date to­mor­row. Nom­i­na­tions can be made by vis­it­ing https://qavs. cul­ture.gov.uk/

Terry Hephrun, Deputy Lieu­tenant and chair­man of the Lan­cashire Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice Ad­vi­sory Panel, said: “I was de­lighted to see Lan­cashire have a record num­ber of nom­i­na­tions and suc­cesses in the 2020 awards; nine or­gan­i­sa­tions from across the county were suc­cess­ful.

“In nor­mal cir­cum­stances, these awards would have al­ready been pre­sented by the LordLieu­tenant at a County Hall cer­e­mony but, un­der­stand­ably, that is on hold for the time be­ing.

“The Lan­cashire Panel has been work­ing hard to sus­tain that mo­men­tum for next year.

“In the 18 years since it was cre­ated by Her Majesty to mark the oc­ca­sion of her Golden Ju­bilee in 2002, 70 groups from Lan­cashire have re­ceived The Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice.

“Past win­ners re­port that re­ceiv­ing the award has en­hanced their rep­u­ta­tion, en­cour­aged pride in their vol­un­teers, helped with re­cruit­ment and even made a dif­fer­ence to fundrais­ing.”

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