Ruddi’s Retreat, a group of volunteers based in Huddersfield have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The charity provides respite breaks for families with young children suffering from the effects and after-effects of cancer treatment, life-limiting illnesses or bereavement to enjoy a family holiday together with minimal financial cost and maximum fun!
Ruddi’s Retreat 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 recognise 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 Ruddi’s Retreat will receive the award crystal and certificate from Ed Anderson, Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire later this summer. Furthermore Ali Waterworth (Charity Founder and volunteer fundraiser) and Victoria Green (Assistant Manager and volunteer events co-ordinator) from Ruddi’s Retreat 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.
Ali Waterworth says: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured that the charities work has been recognised and pays tribute to the hard work and commitment of the whole of the team and the wonderful volunteers that have assisted us over the years”.