Popular local charity Mudlarks have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Founded in 2008, Mudlarks supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. The charity has grown from its original allotment site to now running 5 projects including it’s award winning cafe, and supports, trains and employs over 200 adults with disabilities.
Adam Lynch and Victoria Hobson attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June - the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Representatives of Mudlarks received the award from Janie Wentworth Stanley, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, at their AGM on the 18th July.
Victoria Hobson, Mudlarks' Managing Director, says: "I am delighted that Mudlarks’ work has been recognised by the queen, paying tribute to hard work and commitment of all our volunteers. Mudlarks is an extraordinary charity, coming up with new and innovative ideas every year, and depends on the remarkable work done by so many volunteers."
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