A VOLUNTARY groupwhich offers support to cancer patients, their relatives and friends has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a UK voluntary group can receive.
Solihull Cancer Support had its first meeting in 1986 with a few like-minded people with cancer supporting each other.
Now in its 29th year the group has gone from strength to strength – growing into a successful organisation that attracts the leading cancer specialists in the region to impart their valuable knowledge, giving talks on all types of cancer to all who attend the regular meetings.
Patricia Hill, Chairperson from Solihull Cancer Support Group attended a garden party on behalf of the Group at Buckingham Palace where she met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
Commenting on the award, which the group will be officially presented with on September 22, Mrs Hill said: “We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award as this in recognition of the hard work and support of all the past committee members and volunteers that have helped make the Group what it is today, since it’s inception 29 years ago.
“I feel that this recognition will also raise the profile of other voluntary groups that do so much for the communities they serve and encourages people to put themselves forward to become a volunteer, as it is such a rewarding experience.”
David Bradnock MBE, HM Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands is the Queen’s representative in the Midlands.
He was the assessor and writer of the citation for the Solihull Cancer Support Group’s nomination and said it was ‘almost impossible to encapsulate in a restricted word citation the outstanding voluntary work the Solihull Cancer Support Group do’.
He added: “They give hope to those with no hope, they show those with cancer how you can live with cancer rather than die with cancer.
“They are without doubt one of the most inspiring group of volunteers that I have assessed over the many years.
“I was absolutely delighted that the Solihull Cancer Support Group have been so recognised.
“I personally that after each meeting with the group I felt that was the beneficiary of their commitment and dedication.”
The group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7.30pm the Marie Curie Hospice in Marsh Lane.
Meetings and details of the guest speakers are advertised in The Observer beforehand.
Further details can be found at: www.solihullcancersupport.org or by calling Patricia on 0121 711 1966.