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Hampton Tiddlers and Service by Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV) – Suffolk & Cambridgeshire have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Hampton Tiddlers is a stay and play group for children aged 0 to 5 years, based in Peterborough and solely run by a team of volunteers. It provides support to over 700 families to help children to learn and develop through arts, craft and play.

SERV – Suffolk & Cambridgeshire is a charity of 100 independent riders, all volunteers, providing an essential service to local hospitals since 2011 by transporting blood products, donated breast milk, patient samples every day, night, weekend and bank holiday.  

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough winners are two of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, 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. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse, and include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations or groups mentoring children who have a parent in prison.

Representatives of Hampton Tiddlers and SERV Suffolk & Cambridgeshire will receive the award from Julie Spence, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire later in the year.

The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence OBE, QPM said : “I am delighted that these groups amazing work has been recognised in this way; during our assessment visits we were impressed by their commitment to make life better for people in their community.

“As we’re celebrating National Volunteers Week, I would like to encourage anyone with a little bit of time and great, innovative ideas to support people around them to take on some volunteering activity. I very much hope that we will see more excellent groups nominated for the Award in the future.”

For more information about SERV Cambridgeshire & Suffolk visit https://servsc.org.uk/

For more details about Hampton Tiddlers visit https://www.facebook.com/hampton.tiddlers/

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