Rotary St Helens receives The Kings Award for Voluntary Service

Presentation by Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside Mr. Mark FW Blundell, L



Rotary St Helens Honoured with The Kings Award for Voluntary Service

In a ceremony held at the Town Hall in St Helens on Thursday, March 14, 2024, Rotary St Helens was bestowed with The Kings Award for Voluntary Service. This prestigious honour, equivalent to an MBE, is the highest recognition granted to local voluntary groups in the United Kingdom. The ceremony, which marked Rotary St Helens' exceptional contributions to addressing community health and wellbeing challenges within the St Helens area, was conducted by esteemed dignitaries.

Leading the ceremony was His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr. Mark F.W. Blundell, accompanied by Deputy Lieutenant Dr. Nicholas Jedynakiewicz DL, Deputy Lieutenant Mr. Peter Woods MBE. DL, Clerk to the Lieutenancy Miss Helen Tanzey, and The Lord Lieutenant’s Secretary Mrs. Lorraine Shaw.

The significance of this recognition was underscored by the words of the Lord Lieutenant, who lauded Rotary St Helens as among the first 262 recipients of this prestigious accolade, and was recognised for its innovative and inventive approaches towards tackling community health issues. The award, bestowed for life, reflects Rotary St Helens' dedication and commitment to uplifting the community through voluntary service, and commitment of Rotary St Helens but also underscores its pioneering role in community service and volunteerism.

Representing Rotary St Helens at the ceremony were President for the term 2034-24, Simon Hairsnape, and Past President for the term 2022-23, Paul Winstanley. Their presence underscored the organisation's deep connection and ongoing engagement with the community.

Additionally, the ceremony saw the honourable presence of Councillor Lynn Clarke, representing the St Helens Borough as Mayor. Her attendance further highlighted the significance of Rotary St Helens' achievements within the local community.

The Kings Award for Voluntary Service serves as a testament to Rotary St Helens' unwavering dedication, innovative spirit, and significant impact on the wellbeing of the St Helens community. As they continue their noble efforts, their recognition will undoubtedly inspire others to follow in their footsteps, fostering a culture of volunteerism and community service for years to come.

For more information about Rotary St Helens and their initiatives, please visit www.rotarysthelens.org

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