Royal award af­ter 80 years help­ing dis­abled in the city

Warwickshire Telegraph - - YOUR LIFE -

A COVEN­TRY char­ity cel­e­brat­ing 80 years of suc­cess this year has been pre­sented with a pres­ti­gious award.

The En­ter­prise Club for Dis­abled Peo­ple re­ceived the Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice (QAVS) in a cer­e­mony at the Coven­try Coun­cil House. Around 100 peo­ple at­tended the event, with vol­un­teers, coun­cil­lors and long-stand­ing sup­port­ers of the char­ity com­ing to­gether to re­flect on the eight decades the char­ity has ex­isted.

The En­ter­prise Club was founded in 1938 and its aim is to im­prove the qual­ity of life of dis­abled peo­ple in the city. It needs £100,000 a year to op­er­ate and re­ceives no pub­lic fund­ing. This goes to­wards the run­ning of ac­ces­si­ble buses for its 150 mem­bers and putting on a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties such as hand­i­craft, sport and so­cial clubs.

The award pre­sen­ta­tion was made by Ur­sula Rus­sell MBE and Les Rat­cliffe MBE TD, deputy lieu­tenants for the West Mid­lands, who rep­re­sented the Queen at the cer­e­mony.

Fol­low­ing speeches by both deputy lieu­tenants, Coun­cil­lor John Blun­dell, the Lord Mayor of Coven­try, spoke about the club and why he se­lected them as one of his two sup­ported char­i­ties for his may­oral term.

En­ter­prise Club gen­eral man­ager Jill Simms re­ceived the award on be­half of the char­ity, along­side club pres­i­dent Clive Ben­field, whose fam­ily has been as­so­ci­ated with the club for two gen­er­a­tions.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of the QAVS was fol­lowed by pre­sent­ing seven En­ter­prise Club 80th An­niver­sary Long Ser­vice Awards to vol­un­teers who had given ex­cep­tional ser­vice.

The vol­un­teers re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate and a minia­ture Queen’s Award, to recog­nise their ex­ten­sive con­tri­bu­tions to the club.

Jill, who has been in­volved with the club her en­tire life, said: “It is a true hon­our to col­lect the Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice on be­half of the En­ter­prise Club – and it is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial to re­ceive it in our 80th year.

“This is an award for our ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers – past and present – who have en­abled the club to keep run­ning and be a suc­cess. That’s why we chose to recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tions of some of our vol­un­teers with the 80th an­niver­sary award. It was great to see so many fa­mil­iar faces at the coun­cil house for the cer­e­mony and we would like to thank ev­ery­one who was in at­ten­dance and helped make it such a spe­cial oc­ca­sion.”

To find out more about the En­ter­prise Club or how to sup­port the char­ity visit en­ter­prise­club.org

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