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Mirfield in Bloom celebrates double royal award celebration

Mirfield in Bloom (MIB) are to be one of the 244 organisations across the UK to receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) in recognition of their outstanding community service.

Charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland receive the prestigious award for their volunteer-led work across a wide range of fields including mental health, youth, community, arts and heritage. Those receiving the award have all enhanced the lives of others through their work, with the highest number of awards this year going to the community support sector.

The aim of MIB is to encourage Mirfield people to improve and care for their local environment through imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers, conservation and recycling projects and to eliminate eyesores that blight the streets such as litter, graffiti and vandalism.

Sir Martyn Lewis, QAVS Chair, said: “The level of commitment and innovation shown by these volunteers is truly impressive. We owe a debt of gratitude to them, and the countless others who give up their free time regularly to improve the lives of others in their community.”

But that’s not the only piece of good news MIB are celebrating – the group are also very proud to announce that their Founder and Chairperson Ruth Edwards has received a Platinum Champions Award for her work in developing MIB over the last five years.

The Platinum Champion Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of volunteers from all corners of Britain and from a range of causes. One of only 490 in the UK, Ruth will receive a specially designed Platinum Champions pin and a signed certificate from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall.

Ruth Edwards

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