Queen’s Award for children’s hospice

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SHOOTING Star CHASE has become the first ever children’s hospice to win The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The charity will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative crystal, which will be presented by Sarah Goad, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, at a ceremony at the Guildford hospice in July.

Four of the charity’s longest serving volunteers have also been invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer.

Bridget Turner, director of care at Shooting Star CHASE said: “We are delighted to be the first children’s hospice service to receive this prestigious award.

“Our volunteers continue to amaze us with their commitment to supporting our vital care services and ensuring fundraising is sustained.

“We are also very proud of our role in developing, supporting and keeping our volunteers in specialist and long-term roles.

“Our volunteers enable us to keep our promise to the children, teenagers and families we support, by helping us to offer the best care possible in the way families need it most.

“We estimate that volunteers save Shooting Star CHASE over £400,000 every year, meaning this money can go back into frontline care services, caring for local children and teenagers with a life-limiting condition, and their families.”