Search & Rescue receives Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
BARB Search & Rescue has today (Monday) been named as a recipient
of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2014, a prestigious
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was first launched in 2002
by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee to recognise the outstanding
contributions made by groups of volunteers to local communities.
It has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has
names of the 111 groups across the UK that have won this year's
awards have been announced today to coincide with the anniversary
of The Queen's Coronation.
BARB has received its award in recognition of its flood relief
work across Somerset and also operating its two life-saving rescue
hovercrafts and inshore rescue boat, which are run by a dedicated
team of over 20 volunteers.
award is given 'for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers
who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community,
improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing
an outstanding service'.
Operations Manager Mike Lowe said: "It is a great honour
to receive this award. BARB's team of volunteers work exceptionally
hard through sometimes very difficult and challenging environments
and are prepared to do so at a moment's notice. This recognition
for our charity is fantastic and we are exceptionally proud."
Chairman Mark Newman added: "The award is wonderful recognition
for all the time and commitment that BARB's many volunteers have
put in during the charity's 22-year history - this award is dedicated
will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative
crystal award for display at the charity's station on The Esplanade.
The award will be presented on behalf of The Queen by Somerset's
Lord-Lieutenant later in the year.
The charity's volunteers with Mayor Martin Cox at the recent
inshore rescue boat volunteers helping in the flood relief efforts
BARB Search & Rescue Web site