MBE for Voluntary Service


phab_mbe_awardWe are proud to announce on 2 June 2012, Dee-Sign Choir received notification that they had been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The MBE for volunteer groups.

This award is made annually recognising and rewarding excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. The choir were nominated by Deafness Support Network (DSN) and we thank them for their support.

Her Majesty The Queen announced the Award in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee. The Award is given every year to groups of two or more people in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man who volunteer their own time to enhance the quality of life for individuals and groups in the community.

The award is the highest honour given to voluntary groups and is equivalent in status to an MBE.

The choir was particularly delighted to gain this award during Her Majesty The Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 2012.

In December 2011 3 choir members were interviewed by the County Lord Lieutenant and his representatives. After three more stages a recommended list of volunteer groups was sent to Her Majesty The Queen for her approval.

Four volunteers from Dee-Sign choir were invited to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 29th 2012, an occasion they will never forget.

Our members were among 8,000 people who attended the Garden Party. It was also the first garden party attended by the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton).

On Tuesday 16th October 2012 the Choir received a certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen and a commemorative crystal presented by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester at an Award Ceremony at the Town Hall, Chester, The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs was also in attendance and The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Pam Booher and Lady Mayoress of Chester, Julie Knight.

The choir were one of 112 volunteer groups chosen to receive the Award during 2012. They are very proud to have been successful.