Belper youngsters among those helped by Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre

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A voluntary group from Derbyshire, who provide residential holiday benefits for children who otherwise would not receive one, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre provide the service for children across the county, including Belper.

The Queen’s Award is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Centre, founded in 1981, gives over 400 holidays a year to children aged from seven to 13 whose families are currently experiencing difficult circumstances.

Chairman Bill Tomlinson and his wife Delphine attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 20, where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

The Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

Bill said “I am so proud of the entire team of staff and volunteers who constantly and selflessly work for the betterment of children from our City and County.

“The accolade of the Queen’s award is a signal honour that does indeed reflect the worth of their endeavours.”