A CHILDREN’S HOSPICE which serves East Sussex and Kent has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the equivalent of the MBE for volunteer groups. Demelza has a community nursing team in East Sussex and hospices in Kent as well as charity shops throughout both counties. Many events in Heathfield, including the Cuckoo Fair, raise money for the hospice’s work. As a winner Demelza will receive a certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen and a domed glass crystal.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.
Steve Hoy, chief executive of Demelza Hospice Care for Children, said: “I am truly delighted at the honour bestowed upon our committed and hard working group of volunteers. This accolade, awarded in the year Her Majesty celebrates Her Diamond Jubilee, gives us enormous pride in the achievements of our volunteers in supporting the care we provide to life limited children. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services is a fitting tribute to the selfless individuals who give their time, expertise and dedication to support our work.”
Martyn Lewis, Chairman of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee and a vice president of Demelza said: “Obviously I had to declare an interest and stand back from the judging in this case, but I was doubly delighted when the Awards committee chose Demelza. I have known for a long time about the terrific work by a great team of volunteers, but it was really special to see my colleagues unanimously recommend Demelza for an award, the equivalent of an MBE and the highest group award in the voluntary sector.”