The Friends of St Cross have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The honour was created to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers. It has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.
Joan Jesson, president of the Friends, said: “We are extremely thrilled to win this award and it is so nice to have national recognition.”
Friends chairperson Heather Green added: “2015 will be our own Diamond Jubilee year and we look forward to announcing a major appeal and project at our AGM on June 16.”
The organisation raises much-needed funds for equipment and facilities at the Hospital of St Cross, in Barby Road. Among the projects it has helped bring to fruition is the hospital’s new rehabilitation centre, which was opened by Princess Alexandra in April.
Juliet Starkey, the general manager of St Cross, said “The Friends give fantastic support to the staff at the hospital and their donations have made a clear difference to the patient experience in St Cross. There is not an operational department in the hospital that has not at some time benefited from a donation from the Friends and so I was pleased to nominate them for this national recognition.”