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Queen's Award prize for young carers project
10:54am Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
IT’S equivalent to being awarded the MBE.
That’s what Dame Mary Fagan told officials of Romsey and District Young Careers Project when she presented the charity with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013.
Hampshire’s Lord Lieutenant, paid tribute to the charity and the work it does in Romsey and southern Test Valley.
She said: “This award (a crystal glass trophy in the shape of an oldfashioned telephone box and with the Queen’s crown on it) was started by the Queen in 2002 and it is equivalent to an MBE.
“Over the past ten years only 25 of them have been presented to voluntary groups in Hampshire.”
Project manager, Tim Ballantyne said that the charity now has around 40 volunteers, runs four clubs and has 104 young carers on its books.
After being presented with the award he said: “Romsey Young Carers Project is delighted to receive this award on behalf of all our fantastic volunteers.
“With the volunteer support we are able to run four different clubs that are suitable for their age groups, also many activities and outings during the school holidays This allows young carers from the project to have a vital break from their caring duties with other young carers in a similar position to themselves.”
Dame Mary and guests at the presentation, including Romsey mayor Ian Richards, Test Valley mayor Janet Whiteley and her consort and husband Neville, along with Romsey and Southampton North MP, Caroline Nokes, were shown a short film highlighting some of the work carers do looking after family members.
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