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Volunteers celebrate royal award

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: June 08, 2011

<B>HONOUR:  Josie Green, right, celebrates with fellow volunteers at Hospiscare after they received a Queen's award </B>

HONOUR: Josie Green, right, celebrates with fellow volunteers at Hospiscare after they received a Queen's award

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HOSPISCARE volunteers have won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

The royal honour, the highest award of its kind for volunteers in the country, pays tribute to almost 1,000 dedicated supporters who between them donate £1 million worth of time each year to support the local charity. The award will be presented at a special ceremony in Exeter on June 17 by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon Eric Dancer along with former broadcaster Martyn Lewis. As an additional celebration, a group of Hospiscare volunteers have also been invited to a royal garden party in the summer.

The Queen's Award pays tribute to nearly three decades of work by Hospiscare to help local families with a member facing a terminal illness throughout Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

Volunteers of all ages have played a vital role from the very beginning of the charity which was set up in 1982.

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