Three Welsh organisations are among those awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The honour is granted to “exceptional volunteer groups” who make a positive impact on the lives of others.
This year’s Welsh recipients are:
- Friends of Pontypool Town: Making Pontypool a vibrant, safe and attractive place to live, work and visit, bringing the community back together.
- Amgueddfa’r Môr Porthmadog Maritime Museum: Working to preserve and display the shipbuilding and seafaring heritage of the area.
- Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway: Operating an eight mile steam railway demonstrating how it served its rural Mid-Wales community from Edwardian times.
The number of organisations honoured with the award rose again in 2019.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. Committee Chair of the award, Sir Martyn Lewis, said volunteering “at grassroots levels” is thriving.
Commenting on the awards for Welsh groups, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said:
“This year’s Welsh cohort play a crucial role in educating people and demonstrate pride in preserving the heritage of their areas”
“Congratulations to these deserving winners for the positive role they play in three communities across Wales”.
The recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service are announced every year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.