Lions gain Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The 7 Lions Clubs in Solihull have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, for supporting the Solihull and wider community with service and financial support.

Knowle and Dorridge Club are proud to be one of the strongest clubs in the Solihull area fundraising for charities through their Knowle Fun Run, Heart of England Bike Ride and Festive Walk. Each year they fund two youth travel bursaries, a 3 coach trip and tea party for the elderly as well as making many grants for local causes. The most recent being a joint project with the other Solihull clubs to fund a Man Shed at Solihull Marie Curie Hospice, and more locally the provision of 2 community seats in the High Street in Knowle and outside Dorridge Station.

On hearing of the Award Lion Bob Thurtle, Knowle & Dorridge Lions President for 2018-9 said ‘As far as our Club is concerned this is an award for all our members but equally for all the volunteers who help us put on our community fundraising events. I’ve said it before but I need to emphasise we do need residents to come forward to help with our future programme. Please call us on 08458 335894 or email today to express an interest

The 7 local Lions Clubs in Solihull (Balsall Common, Castle Bromwich, Knowle & Dorridge, Marston Green, Birmingham Exhibition, Shirley, Solihull) are one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse.  They include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.