The Manchester Transport Museum Society (Heaton Park Tramway) receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Manchester Transport Museum Society (Heaton Park Tramway) receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, The Manchester Transport Museum Society, a group of volunteers based in Heaton Park, Manchester have been honored with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The Manchester Transport Museum Society is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognize outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including an inclusive tennis club in Lincolnshire; a children’s bereavement charity in London; a support group those living with dementia and their carers in North Yorkshire; a volunteer minibus service in Cumbria; a group supporting young people in Belfast; a community radio station in Inverness and a mountain rescue team in Powys .Representatives of The Manchester Transport Museum Society will receive the award crystal and certificate from Sir Warren Smith, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer. Furthermore two volunteers from the Society will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022 (depending on restrictions at the time), along with other recipients of this year’s Award Philip Heywood, MTMS Chairman, said “The Society is delighted that our contribution to the life of Heaton Park and to the preservation of Manchester’s ongoing tramway heritage has been recognized, and wishes to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment of our volunteers in contributing to the life of our Manchester community. The award is great recognition for a team that although it always works hard, has worked harder than ever over these last 12 months.”

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