The newly installed Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Amanda Parker JP, recently made a final call for Lancashire residents to nominate outstanding voluntary groups in their area for the 2024 King’s Award for Voluntary Service before this year’s 15th September deadline.

This prestigious UK National Honour, which has the equivalent status to the MBE, recognises the exceptional contribution made to local communities by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others.

Although the window for 2024 nominations has been open since June, there is still time to submit a nomination before the closing date of 15 September. Nominations can be made by visiting

Mr Terry Hephrun, Deputy Lieutenant and Chairman of the Lancashire King’s Award for Voluntary Service Advisory Panel, said: “I was delighted to see Lancashire have a good number of nominations for the 2023 Awards; the results of which will be known when the national announcements are made on the King’s birthday 14 November. The Lancashire Panel has been working hard to sustain that momentum for next year.

The Award recognises excellence in volunteering and previous awardees are great examples of the strong voluntary sector we have in Lancashire. In the twenty years since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, 83 groups from Lancashire have received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Queen’s Award became The King’s Award in 2022.

Past winners report that receiving the Award has enhanced their reputation, encouraged pride in their volunteers, helped with recruitment and even made a difference to fundraising.

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