Sandy Lane Gardening Group Wins Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

On Monday 2nd June, it was announced in The London Gazette that Sandy Lane Gardening Group from Accrington has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The award is the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others. This year’s recipients were selected from over 300 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a group’s work in their community.

Gerry, Secretary of Sandy Lane Gardening Group, said:

 “We are honoured and delighted to have received this award. The group members believe that just taking medication and watching daytime TV all day is not the route to recovery! We think it is much better to take your medication and then do something positive and useful, preferably to help others in the community.”

Members of the group have been invited by the Lord Chamberlain to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. They will also receive a signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen, which will be presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth KCVO.

Sandy Lane Gardening Group was formed in 2010 to improve the gardens at Creative Support’s Sandy Lane project. The group’s members are all service users with mental health needs and have gone on to use the skills which they have developed for the benefit of the local community and others in the local area who are less fortunate than themselves.

Well done to Sandy Lane Gardening Group on their fantastic achievement!




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