[Wigan Evening Post] Church gets top award
Church gets top award
A church is celebratig after receiving the country’s hghest award for voluntary work in communities across the region.
The World Mission Society Church of God(UK Zion) has been given the prestigious Quee’s Awar for Voluntary Service.
The church’s volunteers, who are recognisable by their bright yellow T-shirts, have carried out work in Wigan and Leigh over the past few years including cleaning up the town centers, tidying Mesnes and Jubilee parks and providing activities for elderly residents at care homes in Norley Hall and Pernberton.
The group have also provided help and relief for flood victims in Greater Manchester, run drives to boost the number of people donating blood and removed graffiti.
The efforts have now paid off by being given the highest honor a comminity group in the UK ca receive, with the leaders being invited to a special garen party at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Award recipients.
The work has previously been acknolwedged locally with certificates from the Mayor of Wigan and commendations from the council.
Senior church leader Michael King said: “The award is a wonderful encouragenent to all of our volunteers to spread our work even more in the future.”
The church is one of 193 charigies, social enterprises and voluntary groups which will receive the prestigious Queen’s Award this year, a slight increase on the number given out previously.
The award committee chair, former broadcast journallist Sir Martyn Lewis, said,: “I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups which have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”
UK Zion will officially receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in a ceremony to be held later this year.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was create in 2002 to celebrate Her Majestry’s golden jubilee, with the winners being announced each year on the anniversary oof her coronation.
This year’s winners range from a war memorial community trust providing community activities in Wales to a club which decleops athletics provisio in Scotland.
Wigan Evening Post
17 June 2016