Dal­mally-based char­ity Mary’s Meals pre­sented with cov­eted Queen’s Award

The Oban Times - - Review of the Year -

MARY’S Meals has been pre­sented with the pres­ti­gious Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice, the UK’s high­est ac­co­lade for char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties.

The char­ity, which pro­vides a daily meal to more than 1.1 mil­lion chil­dren in some of the poor­est coun­tries in the world, re­ceived what is known as the ‘MBE for vol­un­tary groups’ at a cel­e­bra­tion in its Oban shop on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 6. Lord Lieu­tenant Pa­trick Ste­wart MBE, Her Majesty’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Ar­gyll and Bute, pre­sented the Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice to the char­ity which pro­vides a meal to 1,187,104 chil­dren ev­ery school day.

Ac­cept­ing the award on be­half of the char­ity’s UK vol­un­teers was Bill Clif­ford who helps raise aware­ness of Mary’s Meals by de­liv­er­ing talks on its work.

Bill, 68, from Ap­pin, one of more than 800 Mary’s Meals vol­un­teers in the UK, said: ‘ The work of Mary’s Meals is so sim­ple and ef­fec­tive.

‘ For a small amount of money, you can give a child a daily meal and ed­u­ca­tion for a year.’

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