queens award 6 queens award 4 queens award 3 queens award 2 queens award 1Wednesday 26th July 2017 was an unforgettable day of celebration for the Pioneering Care Partnership as they formally received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  Following a short tour of the Pioneering Care Centre and a meet and greet with volunteers Mrs Sue Snowdon, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, was welcomed by Melanie Fordham, Chairperson of the PCP Trustees. The presentation then followed where Mrs Snowdon, explained that she is “charged to perform many duties on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and particularly enjoys the presentation of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.” She outlined that, “the Queen’s Award is not lightly given or easily gained, it is highly prized and recognised as a hallmark of excellence.  It acknowledges hard work, vision, commitment and dedication of Trustees, staff and volunteers.”

When reflecting upon PCP’s achievement Mrs Snowdon commented, “What is particularly remarkable about the PCP is the way it has harnessed the motivation and talents of its many volunteers; literally hundreds of people give their talents and time in a constructive way to the PCP.”  She continued, “The PCP is providing an outstanding service in the area of health and wellbeing and I would like to congratulate everyone involved. Trustee commitment and determination along with gentle and inspiring leadership has been key to the success and longevity of the organisation.” Carol Gaskarth PCP’s Chief Executive said, “It was an absolute privilege to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of PCP.  This Award is very special and acknowledges the hard work and support of everyone who has been involved with PCP, past and present.

“We are a creative forwardthinking organisation that thrives on innovation and change and this is only possible because of our fabulous team of staff and volunteers.  The Queen’s Award is for everyone and provided a brilliant opportunity for us to say thank you.  What a boost for the voluntary sector locally too, I am so thrilled! Afternoon tea was later served to guests who included PCP’s long-standing Patron Lord Derek Foster, his wife Lady Anne and Phil Wilson MP along with local community champions and supporters. The day concluded with the cutting of a special Royal cake which was topped with a crown! If you would like to hear more about the work of PCP please get in touch with Carol Gaskarth carol.gaskarth@pcp.uk.net