A voluntary group from Mid Sussex which works in the community to help people who suffer from the chronic illness, ME, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
reMEmber was formed in 1999 by Janice Kent, herself an ME sufferer. Janice and Bill Kent from reMEmber attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 20 May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
reMEmber is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. reMEmber will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex later this summer.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”
Janice Kent says
“We at reMEmber are thrilled to receive this award. ME is a long-term, disabling condition which means that many with the illness are unable to take an active role in our organisation. Nevertheless our small, but very dedicated band of volunteers – all ME sufferers or carers – have worked tremendously to help others over the last sixteen years, and the Queen’s Award is recognition of their achievement. My heartfelt thanks to them. My gratitude also goes to other people who have supported our cause including our Patron, Sir Nicholas Soames MP, and Councillor Peter Griffiths.”