03:21AM, Monday 03 June 2013
The dedication of volunteers from a hospice in Windsor has been officially recognised.
Thames Hospicecare, based in Hatch Lane, is to receive a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, which is the equivalent in status for voluntary groups as an MBE is for individuals.
It was created by Her Majesty to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.
Thames Hospicecare volunteers were selected from over 200 other groups nominated by members of the public.
Jeanette Watkins has volunteered as a receptionist at the charity for 24 years giving up an incredible 2,300 hours of her own time.
She said: "We give our time gladly and feel very much part of the organisation, but to have this recognised in such a way will mean so much to all the 500 or so volunteers."
On Thursday, Jeanette and thee other volunteers attended a Buckingham Palace garden party with the Queen in attendance.
Jacqueline Clark, CEO of Thames Hospicecare, said: "This prestigious UK national honour sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.
"I am thrilled that our volunteers have been recognised in this way and it is testament to their hard work and dedication.
“We are a small team and rely on volunteers, which is why Thames Hospicecare is so grateful for their amazing commitment over the years in helping to raise vital funds, working in our shops and supporting us to deliver the highest quality of care for our patients and their families at such a crucial time in their lives."
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