The Ticker Club, which meets at, and is supported by Tameside Hospital, has been has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The wholly voluntary association formed in 1987 to offer support throughout the North West to others who are experiencing heart or vascular problems, and to their families. They provide practical advice and moral support to all new patients and representation both within Tameside Hospital and in the wider context of regional NHS bodies.
Since the club’s founding, members have raised over £1.2 million through fundraising events and activities, and this has been used to purchase vital equipment and facilities to improve the patient experience at the North West Heart Centre.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Members of the Ticker Club attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 24th May 2016 where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
The Ticker Club is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.
The Ticker Club will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
“The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”
The Ticker Club Chairman John Phillips said:
“I am delighted that the Ticker Club has received this prestigious award. This is a very proud moment for all of our members. On behalf of the club I would like to thank everyone who, over the years, has supported us in the work that we do – from those members who have visited cardiac patients on the wards, to those who have attended our fundraising events. This award is for everyone who has supported the club over the last 30 years.”
Karen James, Tameside Hospital’s Chief Executive added:
“It’s fantastic to see that such an important group has been recognised at a national level and been given this fantastic award. This represents the hard work and dedication that the club have put in over the years. I am delighted with this achievement and want to say my sincere congratulations to all involved.”
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