Volunteers Honoured with Queens Award for Volunteering
Our volunteers have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary groups in the UK, in recognition of their impact on the lives of children and young people living with cancer and their families.
The Lord Lieutenant of County Down, Mr David Lindsay, was joined by a number of our volunteers and ambassadors, as well as board members past and present, in what was a significant celebration of the contribution our volunteers have made to families affected by cancer in Northern Ireland.
In welcoming the Lord Lieutenant, recipients and guests, Wendy McCulla Chairperson of Cancer Fund for Children said,
“I’m extremely proud that our volunteers are receiving this prestigious award in recognition of their passion and commitment to helping families whose lives have been impacted by cancer. They play an essential role at Daisy Lodge by helping us create a warm, nurturing and safe environment for families which is far removed from hospital wards and treatment regimes.
“Last year alone, our team of 69 volunteers dedicated over 4,131 hours of their time and unique skills; providing complementary therapies and beauty treatments, helping out with housekeeping duties, administration and fundraising and supporting our Specialists facilitate residential group work for young people living with cancer. This support is a saving of over £52,000. But we know, in reality, it is worth so much more than this to us and the families we support. Indeed it is priceless.”
Speaking about receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of the charity’s volunteer’s local country music producer Sean Wallace said,
“I started volunteering for Cancer Fund for Children after my daughter Emily was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2015
when she was 10 years old. During Emily’s treatment we couldn’t go out as a family for risk of infection. One of the only places we could go was Daisy Lodge. Having short breaks there was a lifesaver for us. We got to meet other families going through similar experiences and we have made friends for life.”
“When I saw for myself the support provided to families by Cancer Fund for Children I wanted to give back by raising awareness and vital funds. I’m a country music producer myself and decided I had to do something for my little girl and Daisy Lodge in particular. I joined the charity’s Mourne Support Group and organise concerts and help out at events whenever I can. I think it is very fitting that the volunteers in Daisy Lodge have been recognised with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. I have seen myself how hard they work. In my mind nobody deserves it more.”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful volunteers for their generosity, enthusiasm and compassion. If you have been inspired to volunteer find out more about our current opportunities here.