The Queen honours outstanding volunteer group in Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire with prestigious Award
AFC Portchester from Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire has been announced as one of 130 winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others.
This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.
AFC Portchester has received the Award for supporting access to football for all ages and spearheading local charity fundraising activities.
Those receiving this year’s Award were selected from 413 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a group’s work in their community.
AFC Portchester will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty's representative in Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan at a special ceremony.
The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer.
Speaking of their success, Mark Greenham – Chairman from AFC Portchester said: “WE ARE THRILLED TO HAVE RECEIVED THIS PRESTIGIOUS HONOUR FOR THE WORK WE DO WITH AFC PORTCHESTER IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Award Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said,
“Volunteer groups make such an important contribution to their communities, often without praise for the incredible job they do. In these difficult times their efforts are even more valuable. It’s a pleasure to celebrate the achievements of AFC Portchester with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and give official recognition for the benefits they bring to others’ lives.”
More than 980 groups around the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man have now received this annual Award since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
For details of all this year’s Award winners and information on how to nominate a group, visit http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_188059, where a nomination form can be downloaded.