Friends pick up ‘MBE’ for hard work to improve park

The Friends of Sandall Park members are due to recieve a Queens Award for Voluntary Service. Picture: Andrew Roe
The Friends of Sandall Park members are due to recieve a Queens Award for Voluntary Service. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A VOLUNTEER group has been honoured by the Queen for its hard work in the community.

Friends of Sandall Park has received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent of the MBE for groups, for its work in the community for the benefit of others.

The prestigious award has been handed out for the regeneration of Sandall Park. Nationally 130 awards were dished out, and the the friends was the only group in South Yorkshire to be honoured.

Don Crabtree, a key figure in the Friends of Sandall Park, said: “The group are delighted to have received this prestigious award for their work in Sandall Park.

“It is nice to have all the hours of work within the park and the results recognised especially by the community members who nominated us.”

Groups receiving the awards were selected from 413 organisations nominated by members of the public who have helped personally, or witnessed the benefits of a group’s work in their community.

The Friends of Sandall Park will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative crystal,, presented by Her Majesty’s representative in South Yorkshire Lord Lieutenant David Moody.

The group has also received invitations to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer.

Mayor Peter Davies said: “This is tremendous news for the Friends of Sandall Park.

“Sandall Park is one of Doncaster’s much loved visitor attractions.

“I would like to pay tribute to the group for the wonderful work they do and the many hours of volunteering time they give to enhance its appeal for the enjoyment of us all.”