A HEALTH and wellbeing charity in Stratford has received royal recognition.
Escape Arts – based in the Old Slaughterhouse heritage centre off Sheep Street – has been awarded an MBE, the Queens award for voluntary service.
The charity was nominated by former Stratford mayor Juliet Short.
She said: “As mayor I was honoured to support Escape Arts for this highly prestigious award. They are a fantastic community asset that we are lucky to have in the town. Well-deserved for all the hard work put in by an incredible team.”
Escape uses creativity and heritage to improve health and wellbeing and has over 130 volunteers who offer a range of support from befriending and fundraising, to running events, baking and driving.
Artistic director Karen Williams said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award and for all our volunteers to get recognised for the tremendous input they give to us.
“We are incredibly honoured and so proud of our volunteers who have endless enthusiasm, passion and kindness, they are they life-blood of the charity and an inspiration to us all.”
The charity announced the news at an afternoon tea celebration which also marked a week of volunteer thank you events.
A ceremony will be held at Stratford Town Hall later in the year when the organisation will receive a crystal award presented on behalf of the Queen by Warwickshire Lord Lieutenant, Mr Timothy Cox.
Mr Cox described the Escape as ‘inspirational’ and added Warwickshire would be ‘a far lesser place’ without such volunteers as those involved with Escape.