SELFLESS volunteers who give up their time to help at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The team of hard-working volunteers, who help at the North Anston hospice for children with terminal and life-limiting conditions, were selected from 250 groups nominated by the public.
John Holt, chair of trustees at the hospice, said he was thrilled - and added: “This is the equivalent of an MBE for a place like ours.”
Mum Salma Latif, aged 27, from Firs Hill, Sheffield, whose seven-year-old daughter Zainab visited the hospice until her death in November 2010, said: “The volunteers make time for Bluebell Wood and support the staff to support the families who desperately need their help.
“They put their heart and soul into the hospice and without them many things the hospice offers would not be possible.
“It’s absolutely fantastic they have been recognised in this way.
“They give so much to others and it’s great to give back to them and say thank you in this amazing way.”
Volunteer Ann Clarke, aged 74, from Middlewood, Sheffield, said: “I was totally speechless to hear we’d won this award.
“I’m so proud to be a member of this group, we’ve all become very good friends over the many years we’ve supported Bluebell Wood.”
Linda Swallow, 62, a volunteer from Dinnington, added: “I love volunteering for Bluebell Wood and have watched it grow into the amazing place that it is today from the first brick being laid.
“It’s a fabulous place to be a part of.”
Mr Hold added: “This is the highest national honour that can be bestowed on volunteers.
“It not only serves as a massive thank you but also demonstrates the high regard and level of respect which Bluebell Wood, through its volunteers, has developed within the community.”
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