The Queen pays tribute to Hospital Radio Norwich
Hospital Radio Norwich has been announced as one of 95 volunteering groups from across the UK winning this years Queens Award for Voluntary Service, recognising the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others.
The prestigious national honour, which is equivalent to the MBE, sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, and the activities of those awarded have been judged of the highest standard.
Hospital Radio Norwich (HRN) has received the Award for its work in keeping patients in touch and bringing comfort through bedside visiting and producing entertaining programmes suitable for hospitalised listeners.
Winners of this years Award were selected from 406 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a groups work in their community.
HRN will receive a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal. These will be presented by Her Majesty's representative in Norfolk, Richard Jewson, at a special ceremony arranged by the Lieutenancy office. Group representatives have also received an invitation to a Royal Garden Party event at Buckingham Palace in the summer.
Speaking of their success, Irenee Batch from Hospital Radio Norwich said: The members are all thrilled to have received this prestigious honour for the work we carry out with patients in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The hospital trust and staff are very supportive of Hospital Radio Norwich and the award comes at a time when this year we celebrate 35 years of serving patients.
The Award is overseen by the Office of the Third Sector, in the Cabinet Office. Kevin Brennan, Minister for the Third Sector, said,
Volunteering binds communities together and builds a stronger and kinder society. Often these unsung heroes go about their work without much recognition, thats why Im particularly pleased to see their efforts recognised and rewarded by the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
More than 700 groups around the UK have now won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, over the seven years since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
For details of all this years Queens Award for Voluntary Service winners and information on how to nominate a group that really makes a difference, visit www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk where a nomination form can be downloaded.