NINE organisations in Rotherham will be presented with the prestigious Duke of York Community Initiative Award in April.
News of the prize for Rotherham Hospice arrived just in time for Tracey Harrison-Marr, voluntary services manager, who is leaving after 23 years.
“I’m absolutely delighted the dedication of our volunteers has been recognised,” said Tracey, who co-ordinates the team of 400.
“The hospice wouldn’t be where it is today without volunteers. They give us at least 41,000 hours each year, whether it’s manning reception, helping in the shops, transporting patients to appointments or simply providing them with a cup of tea and a listening ear.”
Hospice chief executive Chris Duff said: “Every volunteer is a very worthy winner of this award and we are extremely proud of them.”
Also receiving the award in Huddersfield next month (April) will be Rotary Club of Rotherham Sitwell, Grey Matters in Todwick, The High Street Centre, Rotherham Parents Forum, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Friends of Ulley Country Park, Bluebell Wood and Voluntary Action Rotherham.
VAR chief executive Janet Wheatley said: “This is a fantastic achievement and massive recognition for the work of the voluntary and community sector in Rotherham.
“It’s a real royal seal of approval and we are delighted so many organisations have been recognised in this way.”
The award was founded by Prince Andrew in 1998 to encourage and develop community spirit.