presented with Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
at Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue were formally presented
with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2014, a prestigious
national honour, during a ceremony on the seafront at the weekend.
charity received a certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative
crystal award presented
by Somerset's Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Gass DVCO, on Saturday.
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.
BARB received the award in recognition of its flood relief work
across Somerset over the past two winters and operating its two
life-saving rescue hovercrafts and inshore rescue boat, which
are run by a dedicated team of over 20 volunteers.
Gass chatted with crewmembers during her visit and was formally
welcomed to the town by Burnham's Mayor, Cllr Martin Cox.
She said: "I congratulate all concerned at BARB for this
well deserved award following the group's marvellous work in Somerset."
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."
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'.
inshore rescue boat volunteers helping in last winter's flood
The crew helping villagers in Muchelney - one of several areas
affected by floods
BARB Search & Rescue Web site