Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presentation

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On 11 July we had the honour of being presented with our Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service crystal and certificate by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Christine Kirk, at a ceremony at County Hall Preston.

Our CEO, Ruth Haygarth, and chair of the board of trustees, Michael Hewitt, were joined by volunteers Susan Conroy, Manal Bilal, Leila Khalilian and Mary Grange to celebrate this fantastic achievement at the event.

The award ceremony was a wonderful occasion for NNT. We were hugely honoured to receive our crystal and certificate, personally signed by the Queen in the year of her Platinum Jubilee. This is a very well deserved tribute to our amazing volunteer team, past and present, who faithfully, week on week, befriend and support all asylum seekers and refugees seeking our help here in Burnley.

Michael Hewitt, Chair of the Board of Trustees

This was a tremendous day for NNT, rewarding our dedicated volunteers and validating our mission and outreach to all sanctuary seekers in our town. Receiving this award has strengthened our commitment to develop our services and continue establishing a diverse but cohesive local community, where all are welcome and all can live safe lives and prosper.

Ruth Haygarth, CEO

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities. This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK, the equivalent of an MBE. 

More information can be found at https://qavs.dcms.gov.uk/

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