Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for The Mulberry Centre

Cancer support charity specially recognised for its support during Covid

Pam Alexandra (right) the centre's longest serving volunteer receives her reward
Pam Alexandra (right) the centre's longest serving volunteer receives her reward


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The Mulberry Centre, a registered charity, based in Isleworth, has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Mulberry Centre is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to have received the prestigious award this year.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service have additionally giving a special designation to QAVS awardees that provided impactful support to the community in response to the pandemic last year - either by managing a significant increase in their usual work or providing extra support in other ways.

The Mulberry Centre have been selected for this designation and have received a special thank you. It has consequently received a slightly modified crystal with the words 'with special recognition - Covid 19' included in the engraving.

Representatives of The Mulberry Centre, Raj Athwal and Jane Kelly, have received the award crystal and certificate from Sir Kenneth Olisa OCE, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London on 27 September.

The Mulberry Centre provides support and information for anyone affected by cancer including those diagnosed with cancer, carers, and those bereaved by cancer. It provides free services offering practical ways of enhancing the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of visitors.

The Centre is supported by over 140 volunteers in a variety of roles, which include delivering services to clients, looking after the building and garden, providing administrative support, fundraising, and raising awareness of its work in the community.

This Friday, (1 October), The Mulberry Centre hosted a volunteer Tea Party to celebrate this achievement. It was delighted to have many volunteers attending to receive their award, in the garden. The day consisted of music performances, presentation of award badges, speeches, and tea and cakes to thank all of the volunteers for their hard work.

The awards were presented by Paul Kenne, the Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Hounslow whilst Councillor Bishnu Gurung, The Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow, and Councillor Geoff Acton, The Mayor of the London Borough Richmond were also present.

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October 1, 2021

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