Ruddi’s Retreat has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Who is Ruddi’s Retreat?
Ruddi’s Retreat is a group of volunteers based in Huddersfield. The charity supports families with young children suffering from the effects and after-effects of cancer treatment. They help families access holiday homes for free, assisting families in enjoying a fun time and creating special memories with a minimum financial burden.
Ruddi’s Retreat is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.
What is the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service?
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, recognises outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.
Each year, recipients are announced on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.
This year there has been a diverse set of award winners from across the UK. It includes an inclusive tennis club in Lincolnshire; a children’s bereavement charity in London; a support group for those living with dementia and their carers in North Yorkshire; a volunteer minibus service in Cumbria; a group supporting young people in Belfast; a community radio station in Inverness and a mountain rescue team in Powys.
“Delighted and Honoured.”
Representatives of Ruddi’s Retreat will receive the award crystal and certificate from Ed Anderson, Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, later this summer.
Ali Waterworth, the Charity Founder and volunteer fundraiser, and Victoria Green, Assistant Manager and volunteer events coordinator, will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022 along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
Ali Waterworth said, “We are absolutely delighted and honoured that the charities work has been recognised and pays tribute to the hard work and commitment of the whole of the team and the wonderful volunteers that have assisted us over the years”.