Eighty-five delighted Whirlow Hall Farm Trust volunteers have received royal recognition for their outstanding efforts.
The devoted team have been presented with The Queen’s award for voluntary service for their remarkable work in helping children, families and vulnerable adults to muck in and gain hands-on experience of working on a farm.
The award is the highest accolade presented to volunteer groups in the UK.
Around 160 guests gathered to enjoy the ceremony hosted by Tony Pedder, Master Cutler and Chair of Trustees for the Sheffield charity.
He said: “I am delighted the volunteers have been recognised for their fantastic contribution of time, energy and enthusiasm.
“It is well deserved and a great honour for the Trust to receive this prestigious award.
“The support that so many volunteers provide to a small team of dedicated staff makes Whirlow a great charity to be involved with and a really happy place for visiting groups.”
Each volunteer was awarded a citation scroll by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire David Moody at a presentation evening in the Cutler’s Hall.
The commemorative crystal-ware was presented to Alison Baggaley and Philip Morley, two of the farm’s 120-plus volunteers.
Volunteer coordinator Alison Armes said: “I was so pleased to see so many volunteers aged 16 to 70 come along to the ceremony. Whirlow is a great charity to be involved with.”
Kay Aikin, wife of the Trust’s founder Alan Aikin, was accompanied by relatives who continue his work by volunteering at the farm.
The farm is open to the public at weekends with tours from volunteer guides.