A GROUP of over 200 volunteers based in Mirfield have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest accolade a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The volunteers at Little Deer Wood, who help youngsters through the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, were invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace last month to receive their award.
The activity centre at Shepley Bridge Marina provides a wide range of outdoor activities and experiences to schools, colleges, youth groups, clubs and charities, as well as a number of young people with disabilities.
Kirklees’ DofE award manager, Denise Bedford MBE, said: “How delighted we are that our group’s work with young people has been recognised in this way.
“I would like to pay tribute to the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of all the volunteers who give so much time and energy.
“It doesn’t cost anything to inspire a young person and Kirklees DofE volunteers do this on a daily basis.”