Canal Trust Wins Queen's Award

Tue, 04/06/2019 - 10:32

Queen's award for voluntary service

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The award, the equivalent of the MBE for voluntary sector organisations, recognises the outstanding contribution made to local communities by individuals devoting their time for the benefit of others.

It sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged of the highest standard.

The citation praises LHCRT for ‘restoring a derelict canal to improve the environment and for the benefit of the local community, wildlife and tourism’.

Trust Chairperson Christine Bull said: "Of course, we are ecstatic about receiving the award!

“As a wholly volunteer operated charity undertaking an ambitious project, it is testament to the dedication and commitment of our 200+ volunteers who turn out in all weathers, face all sorts of challenges, keep smiling and make LHCRT such an amazing family."

The recipients of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, are announced every year on June 2 – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

It was first awarded in 2003, and LHCRT is only the sixth canal restoration group to receive it.

Christine Bull added: “The process is that someone outside the organisation must nominate, and two other letters of support are also needed.

“We are enormously grateful to the 2018-2019 Mayor of Lichfield, Cllr David Leytham, for nominating us, and to Peter Hawksworth, Headteacher of Queen's Croft High School and Hayley Dorrington, Senior Heathlands Warden for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, for their superb letters of support.

“We also found the advice of Deputy Lieutenants Sarah Elsom and Philip Evans, of course given completely impartially, to have been most useful.”

A formal presentation of the Certificate, signed by Her Majesty The Queen, will take place on a date to be announced.