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Community Stars Achieve Royal Recognition

We are very proud of John Hardman, part of Community Defibrillators for Rossendale, a community volunteer initiative which was awarded a prestigious Queens Award this weekend – the highest award for a voluntary group, used to recognise exceptional volunteer service within communities.

The group was originally set up by an ex Booth King member Dawn Taylor, who retired in 2013 but has obviously kept herself very busy! The groups first success was getting the first defibrillator in the Northwest in Rossendale nine years ago, a watershed achievement paving the way for others.

John is one of a number of volunteers who check and maintain the 28 defibrillators in Ramsbottom and Rossendale, making sure these incredibly important and potentially lifesaving devices are always ready should they be required.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee Chair Sir Martyn Lewis, said:

The record number of nominations for this year’s Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service proves that volunteering at a grassroots level continues to thrive. This year it is a real pleasure to congratulate 281 winners – all with strong reputations for successfully tackling a wide variety of issues and problems in their communities. They are powerful examples of real democracy in action.

We know there are thousands more local organisations doing great work, and I would strongly encourage those people who have seen them in action or benefitted from their activities to consider nominating them for next year’s awards. They are the highest our country can bestow on groups of volunteers.

Minister for Civil Society and Sport Mims Davies said:

Volunteers make an incredible difference to so many people’s lives and their communities. These prestigious awards recognise the wonderful work being done by many voluntary organisations across the country. I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to all the worthy winners for their continued hard work and dedication.

The recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service are announced every year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

We are incredibly proud of John and Dawn. Watch this space for pics from Buckingham Palace!

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