Sparkling diamonds are to receive Royal reward

Barbara Smith, from Sheffield, will meet Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at an event honouring her achievement at St James's Palace in November. She received a Diamond Champion pin at an event in York yesterday. A picture of Barbara receiving the award is attached.
Barbara Smith, from Sheffield, will meet Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at an event honouring her achievement at St James's Palace in November. She received a Diamond Champion pin at an event in York yesterday. A picture of Barbara receiving the award is attached.
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THREE South Yorkshire diamonds are to meet royalty as a reward for their outstanding volunteer work.

Barbara Smith, Denise Cann and Dorothy Logan are among 10 ladies from the North of England who received a Diamond Champions award from the WRVS, in recognition of the contribution people over the age of 60 make through volunteering.

Barbara, aged 66, from Sheffield, works as a volunteer with residents at a Sheltered Housing Scheme.

She provides hot meals, social activities and friendship to the residents of a Sheltered Housing scheme.

Since retiring six years ago, she has also run a lunch club every day.

Dorothy, 91, from Wath, has volunteered for a number of charities for more than 50 years including the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association, Royal British Legion and Aurora cancer charity.

Denise, 65, from Doncaster, has also worked as a volunteer for many organisations over the years.

More than 800 people from the North West and Yorkshire and Humber were nominated as Diamond Champions.

The 10 Diamond Champions will join 70 others from across the UK invited to a special event at St James’s Palace in London where they will meet Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

They will be joined by ambassadors who have supported the awards, including actresses Felicity Kendal and Patricia Routledge, TV presenters Phillip Schofield and Gloria Hunniford and singer Kimberley Walsh.

Sue Collins, WRVS head of services, said: “It’s a fantastic way to recognise the work of these volunteers, who make such a difference to the lives of others.”