HIV support organisation scoops top award

Karl Mark Cooper, receives the award on behalf of +me from The Lord Lieutenant of East Riding of Yorkshire Hon Susan Cunliffe.

Karl Mark Cooper, receives the award on behalf of +me from The Lord Lieutenant of East Riding of Yorkshire Hon Susan Cunliffe.

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A CHARITY which supports people living with or affected by HIV has won a prestigious award.

Regional-based organisation +me received The Duke of York Community Initiative Award following its excellence in providing care and support for people in need across South Yorkshire.

Karl Mark Cooper, chairman of HIV support group +me, meets the Duke of York Prince Andrew.

Karl Mark Cooper, chairman of HIV support group +me, meets the Duke of York Prince Andrew.

The award scheme was introduced in 1998 and founded by the Duke of York Prince Andrew to encourage the development of community spirit, individual leadership and initiatives in the Yorkshire and the Humber area.

+me chairman Karl Cook said: “Being awarded the Duke of York Community Initiative is a fantastic achievement and a real honour for us and the members who give their time so freely.

“We are very proud of the work we do and this award is a marvellous seal of approval.”

Simon Blagden, chair of trustees for The Duke of York’s award scheme, said: “On behalf of myself and the assessment panel, I would like to offer our congratulations on what is a great achievement.”

+me, which was set-up in May 2009 and is a service user-led organisation based in Barnsley, received its award from The Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Hon Susan Cunliffe-Lister who also read a personal message from The Duke of York, who was unable to attend the ceremony but met the group at a later date.