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Somerset ASA honoured with Queen’s Award

7 Jun 2010
Representatives of the Somerset ASA will be celebrating at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this summer after receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award for volunteer groups.

The team of 22 management staff were recognised for their knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to developing aquatics in the local region and the outstanding contributions they have made to community groups.

Nominated by the public for voluntarily devoting their time, they were selected from 341 groups to receive the prestigious National Honour which will see them receive a certificate signed by the Queen along with an exclusive commemorative crystal.

Speaking of their success, Ben Batley, Secretary of Somerset ASA and the Management Committee said: “We are thrilled to have received this prestigious honour for the work we do across the County of Somerset on behalf of the aquatic community. The 22 members of the current management team are very proud indeed to be accepting this award whilst remembering all those who have contributed to Association Committees through 108 years of continuous operation.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Main Award Committee Chair and former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said, “Outstanding volunteer groups across the UK all too often go without recognition for the truly amazing work they do, despite the vital part they play in helping bind our communities together.

It’s a great pleasure to celebrate the efforts of Somerset ASA Management Committee with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and help raise awareness of all they do for the benefit of others.”

More than 850 groups around the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man have now won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, over the eight years since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

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