Hospice volunteers recognised by The Queen

VOLUNTEERS at a hospice which provides care to terminally ill patients in Comet country were given a royal stamp of approval this week.

Garden House Hospice in Letchworth GC was formally presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Wednesday after appearing in this year’s The Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June.

The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Richard Beazley, visited the hospice in Gillison Close to present the award on behalf of The Queen.

There are currently more than 450 volunteers, aged between 18 and 90, some of whom have given 21 years of service, helping the organisation, be it assisting within the hospice, helping with fundraising or working at one of their six charity shops.

Janet Nevitt, volunteer services manager, who received the award on behalf of the volunteers, said: “We are extremely honoured and delighted to have been awarded The Queen’s Award which comes as formal recognition of the amazing contribution that volunteers make towards the work of the hospice.”