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