Harvington Hall’s multi-skilled volunteers have won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year. The award is known as the “MBE for volunteer groups.” The volunteers at Harvington carry out a wide range of tasks, from guiding groups around the Hall, to running the reception, leading workshops for schools, historical re-enactment, gardening and conservation tasks. The volunteers collectively contribute an average of 8,500 – 9,000 volunteer hours per year – based on the National Living Wage, this amounts to a donation of £61,200 – £64,800.
“Michael Hodgetts, long-standing volunteer and Historical Director of the Hall, says, “It is wonderful that Harvington Hall’s enthusiastic volunteers have received the recognition they deserve for enabling such a special place to be available for everyone to share. I have found it very rewarding to have volunteered at the Hall for 61 years and I know that I speak for all of the volunteers when I say that we want everyone to be able to understand how extraordinary it is”.
Barbara Parkes and Sherida Breeden from Harvington Hall attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 25th May, where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award. The Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire will present the Award to the volunteers later this year.
Harvington Hall welcomes new volunteers and offers a variety of opportunities for volunteering. For more information, please contact Emma Pullen, the Hall Manager, on 01562 777846.