We are very proud to announce that The Mulberry Centre, have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The Mulberry Centre provides support and information for anyone affected by cancer, offering practical ways of enhancing the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. We provide free services for anyone affected by cancer – not just those with cancer, but also carers and those bereaved by cancer. The Centre is supported by over 140 volunteers in a variety of roles, which include delivering services to clients, looking after the building and garden, providing administrative support, fundraising and raising awareness of our work in the community.
The Mulberry Centre is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.
This year, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service are additionally giving a special designation to QAVS awardees that provided impactful support to the community in response to the pandemic last year – either by managing a significant increase in their usual work or providing extra support in other ways. The Mulberry Centre has been selected for this designation and will receive a special thank you. We will consequently receive a slightly modified crystal with the words ‘with special recognition – Covid 19’ included in the engraving.
Representatives of The Mulberry Centre will receive the award crystal and certificate from Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from The Mulberry Centre will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022 (depending on restrictions at the time), along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
Jane Kelly, Trustee and the Founder Patron of the charity, commented: “This is a wonderful tribute to our volunteers in this our 20th Anniversary year. They have always been at the heart of what we do and play an essential role in supporting anyone affected by cancer.”
Aileen McLeish, Chair says: “The Mulberry Centre would not be the success it is to date without the support of its volunteers. This last year has been particularly challenging and it is good to see the exceptional role played by our volunteers during the Covid pandemic being recognised in this award. Our clients and the Centre owe our volunteers a huge debt of gratitude which is reflected in this award.”