Thursday, 29 November 2012
WRVS is delighted to announce that The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to become its President.
This announcement comes on the day that The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall host a reception for Diamond Champions, as Patrons of the Diamond Champion awards which recognise the over 60s who volunteer and make a difference in their local community.
The Diamond Champions Awards were conceived to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We called for nominations from around the country for “Diamond Champions”, older people who volunteer in their local communities and go the extra mile to make a real difference to others’ lives.
From the 480 Diamond Champions from across the UK, 80 were selected by independent regional and national judging panels to attend the reception at St James’s Palace. These were chosen from the original 4,573 volunteers – the youngest aged 60 and the oldest 103 – who were nominated by 249 charities and by individuals. Each of the 480 Diamond Champions have received a specially designed Diamond Champions lapel pin specifically designed by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and a certificate signed by Their Royal Highnesses.
"We are extremely grateful to The Prince and The Duchess for hosting a reception to recognise WRVS’s Diamond Champions. We are also honoured to have the Duchess of Cornwall as our President. The interest she has shown in Diamond Champions and in our volunteers demonstrates her commitment to recognising the vital role volunteers play in society.
David McCullough, chief executive, WRVS,
"With an ageing population, the work WRVS does to support older people is going to become ever more important and we hope that with the Duchess’ support, we will be able to recruit more volunteers to help older people live independently in their own homes."
The Presidency has come at a pivotal time in our history as we celebrate our 75th anniversary next year (May 2013) when we will be showcasing the vital role we have played in the lives of many from its launch as the Women’s Voluntary Services in 1938 to the role we plays today by supporting older people in the community throughout the UK.
As well as the Diamond Champions from each region, Ambassadors who have supported the awards including Roy Noble, Felicity Kendal, Denise Robertson, Phillip Schofield, Patricia Routledge, Gloria Hunniford and Kimberley Walsh are expected to attend the St James’s Palace reception.
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WRVS is one of Britain’s leading age positive volunteering charities with more than 40,000 volunteers working to help make Britain a great place to grow old in. If you are over the age of 14, we have volunteering opportunities in communities, in hospitals and in emergency situations.
Find out how you could become a WRVS volunteer, call 0845 601 4670 today or search for volunteering opportunities in your area. Or help make a difference by making a secure online donation to WRVS.
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