As Patron of The Lily Centre, Cherie was delighted to hear that they received The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service which is the MBE for volunteer groups.
The Lily Centre in Liverpool is a voluntary organisation run by women who have experienced breast cancer first hand. They provide a support system for women and men to meet and gain emotional and physical support and use the motto 'a problem shared is a problem halved'. The centre and its facilities are open to breast cancer sufferers as well as their families and friends.
As Patron of The Lily Centre, Cherie was delighted to hear that they received The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service which is the MBE for volunteer groups. Peggy O'Brien, who set up the Lily Centre with Winnie Keating eleven years ago, said:
To get recognised is absolutely amazing. Myself and Winnie are just over the moon. For the Lily Centre to get an award like this is unbelievable, it is such an achievement...I am so proud of the centre and of its women and men and I just want to thank everyone, especially all those who have helped us.
The organisation has gone from strength to strength since it first opened its doors and they now have almost 750 members all over the world. A special ceremony will be held in Liverpool where Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant will present the charity with a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal. The National Honour was created in 2002 to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee and focuses on outstanding contributions made to local communities by voluntary groups. The Lily Centre was selected by groups of people nominated by members of the public who had been helped personally or who had witnessed the benefits or an organisations work in their community.
As well as Cherie, Liverpool FC manager Rafa Benitez and his wife Montse are also patrons of the charity. Benitez said:
Their warmth is genuine and very special, and whoever comes through the door of the Lily Centre is immediately made to feel welcome, and that support is there for them in whatever way it is needed. To be recognised with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is not just an amazing accolade to be honoured with, but a well deserved testament to the dedication of these wonderful people at the Lily Centre.
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