Last December, we were delighted to learn that ICUsteps Milton Keynes support group had been nominated for an award and in January were visited by Lady Howe to meet volunteers from ICUsteps and patients and relatives who've been helped by our charity.
It was an enjoyable meeting and very touching and immensely humbling to hear from many patients and relatives who've come to our group about the difference it had made to their lives and their recovery. Lady Howe submitted her report to the Cabinet Office and we returned our attention to the usual business of the charity and arranging our upcoming congress.
It came as a complete surprise when we were contacted by phone at the beginning of May by the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The email they'd tried to send had failed to arrive so after confirming our address they tried again while still on the line. It was a little surreal when the email arrived - the paragraph that stood out read: "The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE and I am delighted to inform you that your group has been selected as a recipient for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service".
ICUsteps co-founders Peter Gibb and Mo Peskett were invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 16th May but were required not to reveal that we were recipients of the award until the official announcement from Buckingham Palace on 2nd June.
Mo Peskett summed up our thoughts:
Being nominated and receiving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was an extremely proud moment for us all.
The award and recognition is a testament to all our volunteers and trustees who have worked tirelessly to support the work of ICUsteps over the past twelve years.Mo Peskett and Peter Gibb