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Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre receives Queen’s Award

PUBLISHED: 00:00 24 November 2015

Members of the Skegness Holiday Centre team celebrate

Members of the Skegness Holiday Centre team celebrate

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he Derby-based Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre was presented with the Queen’s award for Voluntary Service for 2015 at a ceremony held at Derby’s iPro Stadium recently

The Derby-based Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre was presented with the Queen’s award for Voluntary Service for 2015 at a ceremony held at Derby’s iPro Stadium recently. The voluntary group, founded in 1891, works in the community to provide residential holiday benefits for children who otherwise would not receive, organising around 400 holidays a year for children aged from 7 to 13 at a Centre in Skegness and in Derbyshire. The Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year – award winners this year ranged from a charity helping to raise academic achievement amongst disadvantaged young people in Bristol to a volunteer rescue boat service on Loch Lomond. The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker, presented the award before an audience that included High Sheriff Oliver Stephenson, the Dean of Derby Cathedral and civic dignitaries. He said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that the fantastic work done by the volunteers of the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre has been recognised in this way. I offer them all my sincere congratulations and especially congratulate and thank Bill Tomlinson (Chairman of DCHC) for his outstanding leadership of this very important organisation in Derbyshire.’

Mr Tomlinson, Chairman of the Centre, said, ‘I am so proud of the entire team of staff and volunteers who constantly and selflessly work for the betterment of children from our City and County. The accolade of the Queen’s award is a signal honour that does indeed reflect the worth of their endeavours. It is truly valued by the charity’.

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