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Harrogate charity receives King's Award for Voluntary Services

Vision Support Harrogate District said it is "delighted" and "overwhelmed" to be receiving the King’s Award for Voluntary Services.

Harrogate charity receives King's Award for Voluntary Services A Harrogate charity has received the King's Award for Voluntary Services - the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. Vision Support Harrogate District have received the prestigious honour which is equivalent to an MBE, and are awarded for life. Groups are nominated by members of the public and are awarded a certificate signed by the King and a domed glass crystal. Two representatives from the group have also been invited to attend a royal garden party. Tanya Stimpson, Director of Services at Vision Support Harrogate District, said:

“Vision Support Harrogate District is delighted and overwhelmed to be receiving the King’s Award for Voluntary Services. "Such a prestigious award recognises the dedication of our charity’s volunteers and the positive impact they have on our community. "We will display this award with pride, remembering devoted volunteers past and present."
[caption id="attachment_86464" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Volunteers Lynda (front row, third from left) and Alex (front row, forth from right) with their members.[/caption] Established in 1921, Vision Support Harrogate District supports visually impaired people in Harrogate, Ripon and the surrounding district. The Society is entirely funded by voluntary donations and their work is made possible by the contribution of many volunteers Tanya added:
"Throughout Vision Support Harrogate Districts 102 years of service, volunteers have led the charity and provide lifelong educational, social and wellbeing services and activities to those in our community who have sight loss. "Not only do our volunteers provide these vital practical services, they provide the emotional support, friendship and kindness that it takes to help our visually impaired members to live a full and independent life. "It is humbling to work alongside our volunteers, some have been with us for 20, 30 and even 40 years, they give so freely their skills and experience, time, friendship and support; without them our charity would not exist."
Vision Support Harrogate District organise weekly and monthly meetings, offering a Vision Support Advice service and social opportunities. Find out more about Vision Support Harrogate District here. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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