On Thursday October 7th, four of the Reading Family Aid committee went to the Town Hall in Reading to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from Mr James Puxley, the Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire.
The purpose of the award is to recognise groups of individuals who give their time freely for the benefit of others and is the highest honour that can be bestowed on groups like us. We were nominated by the then Mayor, Cllr. Paul Woodward and we progressed through the various stages of assessment at the local and national levels to be finally approved by the Cabinet Office. The award states that we were honoured for "Putting smiles on the faces of children and families in the Reading area".
In his citation, Chris Barrett DL, Deputy Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, said:
"RFAG has no paid staff and virtually no overheads. It does not receive a grant from the local authority. It relies on fundraising events, generous business partners, donations from members of the public and occasional applications to charitable trusts.
COVID-19 has clearly challenged RFAG but it has maintained support for needy children.
This group of highly efficient and dedicated volunteers provides an exemplary service in circumstances which are often difficult and where the need is significant. Its practical and inclusive vision is inspirational. "
Reading's Mayor Congratulates Reading Family Aid on being awarded the Queens' Award for Voluntary Service
On September 29th Reading's Mayor Cllr David Stevens met with some of the Reading Family Aid Committee to congratulate them on winning the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. He said that the award is only given to volunteer groups that can demonstrate significant contribution to the wellbeing of the community over a long period of time with a good degree of professionalism. The award is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups.
The award will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire on October 7th.
Reading Family Aid were one of 80 of charities from across Berkshire that were invited to attend a celebratory afternoon tea at Ascot Racecourse by Berkshire Community Foundation. It was ateended by the Duke of Wessex who thanked all the volunteers for the work we all did throughout the past year during the Covid pandemic.
Laura and Sallie attended on behalf of Reading Family Aid and Laura said "The weather was beautiful and the food was scrumptious! BCF supported us with a grant of £1875 at the end of 2020, which has been spent on events for disadvantaged Reading children over the summer holidays. The event also offered us the opportunity to meet others from our area who support disadvantaged children, including a couple of new contacts."
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