Trust volunteers honoured by Queen’s Award
Staff working for the Oldham Bereavement Support Service based at The Royal Oldham Hospital have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The Oldham Bereavement Support Service has been established for 25 years now and helps those who have lost loved ones and close friends to come to terms with their loss.
Chairman Bill Barlow and Vice Chair Marjorie Gratton (pictured) were invited to attend Buckingham Palace to have lunch with the Queen on 3rd June 2014 on behalf of the service.
In addition, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester will present the service with a certificate signed by the Queen and a commemorative crystal award at a ceremony to be held at Gorton Monastery at 3pm on 6th August 2014.
According to Mrs Gratton, the Queen’s Award is a special award in that the Queen herself chooses who should receive the honour. The award is equal to an MBE for individuals.
Mrs Gratton said: “Since receiving the award we have been written about in the newspaper and we have been talked about on three different local radio stations, but we are not letting it go to our heads.
“Receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service made us feel absolutely wonderful. It is something you never think you will get and it is lovely to be recognised for all our hard work.
“Once we found out we were getting the award we were all on cloud nine. In my mind there is nothing better than being recognised by the Queen, you can’t get any higher than that. It was also a good excuse to buy a new outfit and a new hat.”
The service will have the opportunity to celebrate again with 20 guests when they attend the award ceremony at Gorton Monastery.
But Mrs Gratton says it will be hard to top going to Buckingham Palace and meeting the Queen, even if it did rain briefly on the day!