Queen's Award for 500-year-old Hanwell Charity

Work of the volunteers at The Charity of William Hobbayne recognised

It holds activities for residents at its centre on St Dunstan's Road
It holds activities for residents at its centre on St Dunstan's Road

A Hanwell-based charity, that has been operating for over 500 years, has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Charity of William Hobbayne has been recognised for the coveted award for the dedication of its volunteer groups in the work they do to benefit the local community.

The charity was set up in 1484 and has been quietly making a difference supporting those in need, hardship or distress since that time.

Charlotte Carotenuto, Assistant Clerk of the charity said, “Receiving this recognition for our organisation and for our inspiring volunteers brings validation of our contribution over the past 500 years to the community. It also enhances the pride and prestige to the fantastic volunteers over hundreds of Charity-led projects, events, and thousands of volunteer hours.

“Volunteers contribute to the Charity’s work in many areas including activities and groups at our community centre, green spaces and outreach services supporting residents, schools and organisations who work tirelessly to make a difference in our special community.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community was established in 2002 in celebration of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee. Each year Its purpose is to recognise groups of individuals who are giving their time freely for the benefit of others.

It is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon groups of this kind and is equivalent in status to the MBE. As such, the Queen’s Award not only serves to provide recognition of volunteer groups, but also demonstrates the respect in which volunteering is held. The Award is overseen by the Civil Society Honours and Awards team at the Cabinet Office.

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June 7, 2022