The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. The final awards list is agreed by the Queen herself and the award is considered the equivalent of the MBE for voluntary groups. The awards were set up in 2002 to celebrate the the Golden Jubilee of the coronation.
The Altnagelvin Hospital Choir was awarded QAVS in 2009 for “enhancing the cultural life of the hospital, the city and the wider community and raising funds for local and international charities.” A recognition of our cross-community work, the award was announced in a supplement to the London Gazette on 10th June 2009 (see page 3). The choir attended a reception at Hillsborough Castle at the invitation of the Lord Lieutenant of Londonderry to celebrate the award in 2009.