Horbury's Senior Citizens Support Group presented with Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

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The coveted "MBE for charities" award was presented to volunteers from the Senior Citizens Support Group in Horbury, Wakefield.

Representatives from Senior Citizens Support Group were presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the highest honour available in the third sector.

A room full of members and volunteers of the group gathered at Horbury Working Men’s Club for the presentation of the award by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson.

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A spokesperson for Senior Citizens Support Group said: “This award was for our Chairman Alan Hudders and all the volunteers.

Chair of the Horbury-based Senior Citizens Support Group, Alan Hudders, with Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson.Chair of the Horbury-based Senior Citizens Support Group, Alan Hudders, with Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson.
Chair of the Horbury-based Senior Citizens Support Group, Alan Hudders, with Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson.

"Without Alan and the volunteers, we wouldn't have such a successful club.

"Over 500 members participate in various functions with the club. Friends are made here, and no one feels on their own.”

Alan has served the group since early 2011, becoming secretary in late 2012, and then trustee in 2015 and chair in September 2018.

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Now fully retired from a successful career with British Gas, he ensures that all group events are well organised and attended and that funding is in place to support activities.

Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson with volunteers from the Senior Citizens Support Group.Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson with volunteers from the Senior Citizens Support Group.
Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson with volunteers from the Senior Citizens Support Group.

Ed Anderson, Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, tweeted: “It was a great pleasure to present the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Senior Citizens Support Group, a wonderful group which organises gatherings, activities and outings to combat loneliness and isolation among older people in Horbury and Ossett.”

Established in 2010, the group organises activities for older people every week to ensure that all members have something to look forward to combat loneliness and isolation.