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Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presentation on Friday 1 August

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News from our partners Shropshire Lieutenancy Office

This Friday (1 August 2014) the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire will be presenting the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Wellington Cottage Care Trust.

The presentation will take place at 2.30pm at the Wellington Cottage Care Trust Day Care Centre, based in the Old Wellington Cottage Hospital, 79 Haygate Road, Wellington.

About the Award

Her Majesty the Queen created the annual awards for voluntary service organisations to celebrate her Golden Jubilee, and they were originally called The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Awards.  The awards recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community.  They are given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improve the quality of life and opportunity for others, and provide an outstanding service.  The Queen’s Award is equivalent in status for voluntary groups as an MBE is for individuals, and is the highest accolade awarded to voluntary groups.

Wellington Cottage Care Trust

The Wellington Cottage Care Trust provides a high quality nurse-led day care service for adults of any age with medical care needs and disabilities.  With the increasing ageing population in Shropshire, the Trust’s work is becoming increasingly more important and it has made a real difference to the lives of their guests.  Each guest has an individual care plan and emphasis is placed on meeting each individual’s needs.  Volunteers play a vital role in the operation of the centre and run the charity shop within the local community. The volunteers receive a high level of satisfaction from seeing the improvements in the well-being of guests using the centre.

The building has had an interesting long history.  The Wellington Cottage Hospital was first opened in May 1913 and became a National Health Hospital in 1948.  The hospital closed in 1990, and in 1992 the Wellington District Cottage Hospital Trust was set up.  Following a generous bequest in 2001 the building was refurbished to become a day care centre for adults with special needs and disabilities, and the Trust was renamed to the Wellington Cottage Care Trust.

Bryan Benham, Chair of Trustees on behalf of the Trust Board, said:

“I am delighted that the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of the volunteers has been recognised by this prestigious Award.  I also praise the paid staff who work with the volunteers, supporting and training them, and enabling them to develop in skills and confidence.”