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Inaugural Honorees: First King’s Award for Voluntary Service Winners Revealed

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In a celebration of altruism and community spirit, 262 organizations from various corners of the United Kingdom have been bestowed with the inaugural King’s Award for Voluntary Service. This prestigious accolade, formerly known as The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and established in 2002 during Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, holds significance as the highest honor granted to volunteer groups, akin to an MBE.

This year, the King’s Award for Voluntary Service recognizes 227 organizations from England, 20 from Scotland, six from Wales, and nine from Northern Ireland. These diverse groups represent the epitome of selflessness, dedicating their time and efforts to address a myriad of local issues and make a tangible difference in their communities.

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer expressed admiration for the millions of volunteers who contribute their time to provide care and support across the United Kingdom. She highlighted the importance of the award in recognizing individuals who genuinely make a positive impact on the lives of others, commending the King for upholding the legacy of the late Queen.

Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, the KAVS Chair, highlighted the commendable recipients of the 262 King’s Awards for Voluntary Service, praising their selfless work addressing various local issues. The awardees, functioning as groups of volunteers, have demonstrated exceptional dedication and service to communities throughout the UK.

The scope of the recognized organizations is vast, encompassing charities offering support to cardiac patients, local community arts and culture centers, search and rescue services, and volunteer-run community radio stations. The impactful work extends to supporting young people, combating loneliness and isolation, and assisting ethnic minority groups, showcasing the breadth and depth of their contributions to society.

As these volunteer-led groups receive the King’s Award for Voluntary Service, they stand as beacons of inspiration, embodying the essence of community service and selfless dedication. Congratulations resonate from all corners of the UK to these outstanding organizations, whose work leaves an indelible mark on the fabric of society.

Source: Gov{Dot}UK

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