Local children’s charity, Sebastian’s Action Trust was awarded with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
Sebastians action trst officially received the honour on Thursday 10th July by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey Heath, Dame Sarah Goad.Announced last month, the Trust has been recognised specifically for its outstanding contribution to volunteering services in Surrey, acknowledging those who regularly devote their time to helping others and improving the quality of life and opportunity for those they help. The accolade is the highest honour for volunteers and is regarded by the Third Sector as an MBE for volunteer groups.
Sebastian’s Action Trust’s Chief Executive, Jane Gates said, “On behalf of all at Sebastian’s Action Trust, I am honoured to accept this prestigious award which recognises the passion, energy and continued commitment of our wonderful volunteers. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and span more than eight decades; they give their time and services in many different guises and are very much the life blood of our charity. I know that our volunteers are proud to be a part of the ‘Family of Families’ that Sebastian’s Action Trust has become and that each and every one of them gives so much in order that our mission to walk along side families of seriously-ill children from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond can be sustained. I am delighted to see their achievements acknowledged at the highest level and feel enormously privileged to be at the helm of an organisation that, in our tenth year, has been awarded the charity MBE for our endeavours”.
The charity held a reception to celebrate last Thursday afternoon at Hall Grove School, in Bagshot, Surrey. The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Bob Paton joined in the celebrations with patrons, trustees, volunteers, staff members and some of the families the Trust supports.