A team of Grimsby volunteers have been awarded the highest honour possible for voluntary service.
Dial-a-Ride is an organisation that provides mobility assistance to those in the community who find it difficult to travel around. Per year, around 60,000 people benefit from this help and the group of drivers contribute more than £250,000 worth of unpaid work.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is prestigious and is granted to the volunteer groups who excel in outstanding community work up and down the UK. Midge Curry, the co-ordinator of Dial-a-Ride praised the volunteers:
The drivers give full days of their time, some multiple days, to ensure that the most vulnerable people in the community retain their independence for as long as possible. There are many people who would be housebound but for these remarkable ladies and gentlemen who are walking acts of kindness.
The team are very modest about their award, with one of the longest serving members of Dial-a-Ride, Keith Padgett, 68, saying:
I’ve been a driver for 15 years and I do it seven days a week. I decided to do it one day because I like driving and meeting people – it’s a very interesting job.
Mr Toby Dennis, the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, will present the group of drivers with the award later in the year.