Congratulations to Maundy Relief, a local charity based in Hyndburn, which has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Maundy Relief operates as both a “first port of call” and a “last resort” for many people. As a well-known organisation embedded in the local community, people contact them for a myriad of reasons: help with furniture, household goods and food; counselling for those in mental distress; welcome, hospitality and companionship for the lonely; advice and informal advocacy for those struggling with bureaucracy or those who slip through the net of statutory services; group activities and training for those ready to move on in their lives.

The organisation has also been a key part of the Hyndburn Hub helping vulnerable people during the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE, Hyndburn Council Leader, said; “Congratulations to Maundy Relief, each and every day they live up to their mission of providing an immediate response to those in need. They have always been valued and appreciated here in the Borough and never more so than during the Coronavirus crisis when their volunteers have also been a vital part of the Hyndburn Hub, helping our most vulnerable residents at a time of great need. It’s wonderful that the work of this marvellous organisation has now been recognised nationally with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, it is extremely well deserved.”

Lucy Hardwick, Manager at Maundy Relief said:  “Everyone at Maundy Relief is delighted, grateful and deeply honoured to have been awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Volunteers are at the heart of all we do: our founder Dorothy McGregor gave her time freely and without seeking reward and she inspired countless others to do the same. Even during the current Pandemic, we have many volunteers still giving their time doing everything from delivering food parcels to offering remote counselling and benefit advice. All of them are motivated by a desire to help their local community and we take our hats off to each and every one of them.”

Maundy Relief will receive the award from Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire later this summer – subject to Covid 19 restrictions.  Two volunteers  will be invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

Maundy Relief  is  one of  230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

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.  Recipients are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.