Chairman, Sylvia Baker and Secretary Hilary Neeves were invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 15th May where members of the Royal Family were present and also the other winners of this year’s awards.
This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's coronation, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the equivalent of the M.B.E. for volunteer groups.
Sylvia says:- “I am absolutely thrilled at this fantastic honour which represents a tremendous achievement for all members of Upbeat and everybody involved should feel immensely proud of the recognition this award represents which is the MBE for volunteer groups. A signed certificate from Her Majesty will be presented at a later date by the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk. Well done everybody.”
Hilary says “This award represents a tremendous achievement for the organisation. Not only for the people in charge now, but for those that set it up in the beginning and for all the volunteers that have followed on during the years. We feel immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.”