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Voluntary groups celebrate Queen’s Award success


Charities in Gloucestershire have been honoured with prestigious Queen’s Awards to recognise the contribution they make to their communities.


The recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service are:

  • Furniture Recycling Project (West Quay, Gloucester)
  • The Victoria Centre (Lydney, Forest of Dean)
  • Brain Tumour Support (Thornbury, South Gloucestershire)

Furniture Recycling Project (FRP) has been at the heart of communities in Gloucestershire since the charity was set up in 1996. FRP reuse items that would otherwise be sent to landfill, offer meaningful volunteering opportunities and provide good quality, affordable household items.

The Victoria Centre is an active community lunch club serving Lydney and the surrounding areas, providing lunches and social contact for older people. The charity offers a range of activities including delicious meals, friendly company, fun, games, light exercise and coffee mornings.

Brain Tumour Support is dedicated to providing support for anyone affected by any type of brain tumour, at any point from diagnosis and for as long as support is needed. It was set up in 2003 by Tina Mitchell Skinner after her husband developed a fast-growing brain tumour and died aged just 37.

Representatives from the charities will receive their awards from Edward Gillespie, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, later this summer.

Mr Gillespie said: "Very many congratulations to the three recipients of this valuable award which recognises the immense contribution each organisation makes to their local community. They are all richly deserved."

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities and is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The three organisations are among 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the award this year.

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