Charities Collect Duke’s Royal Awards

18th April

All the representatives from the nine Rotherham Groups with awards and the South Yorkshire Lord Lieutenant. Nine charities from Rotherham received royal recognition at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Huddersfield University last week.

The Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award is open to charities and community groups based in Yorkshire. The Award recognises groups which are exceptionally well run and which make a real difference to their local community.

This year Rotary Club of Rotherham Sitwell, Grey Matter in Todwick, The High Street Centre, Rotherham Hospice, Rotherham Parents Forum Ltd, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Friends of Ulley Country Park, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Voluntary Action Rotherham travelled to Huddersfield University to collect their Duke of York Award.

Next month three representatives from each group will travel to London to attend a special reception at St James’ Palace, which is being hosted by The Duke of York, the scheme’s patron.
The Chief Exec of Voluntary Action Rotherham, Janet Wheatley, said: “We were really pleased to be recognised by the Awards scheme for the work we do in Rotherham to support charities and community groups.

“Yorkshire covers such a big area and so it is a real testament to the community of Rotherham that nine out of the 42 groups receiving an award this year are based in Rotherham.”

Since the scheme was set up the Duke of York’s Community Initiative has recognised over 200 charities and community groups throughout Yorkshire.