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. "
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