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Sue Ryder awarded Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award

12 December 2012

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To mark the Diamond Jubilee, HRH The Queen has hand-picked Sue Ryder to receive royal recognition for the health and social care charity’s involvement in volunteering in the UK.   One of 60 organisations to be awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012, Sue Ryder says, ‘the award is well-deserved tribute to our 10,000 wonderful volunteers for their invaluable support’.

Buckingham Palace announced winners of the unique Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award on 12 December, and will be holding a reception in the late Spring of 2013 as a joint celebration with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recipients. 

In Sue Ryder’s nomination for the award, the charity highlighted its Prison Volunteer Programme as well as the breadth of volunteering roles it offers and the contribution its volunteers make to Sue Ryder and society as a whole.          

Sue Ryder promotes over 400 volunteering opportunities on its website, as well as offering bespoke roles.  The charity aims to match people’s interests and skills to volunteering roles so that the volunteer experience is mutually beneficial. 

For more information on volunteering call 0845 050 1953.



Sue Ryder volunteers contribute 24 million pounds of man hours to the charity every year. The value of volunteers’ support to local communities who access Sue Ryder’s health and social care services though is immeasurable. We’re so proud to receive this award on behalf of our volunteers; each and every one of them deserves this accolade.

Sue Ryder’s Chief Executive, Paul Woodward

We’re also incredibly proud of our Prison Volunteer Programme, which offers serving offenders an opportunity to gain work experience and skills through volunteering in our shops and offices. While providing us with additional voluntary assistance, the Programme supports prisoners’ rehabilitation and reintegration into society upon their release.

Sue Ryder's Chief Executive, Paul Woodward

In these difficult economic times, never more so have we needed local people and communities’ support. Volunteers can support us in so many ways; in our shops, helping our fundraising efforts and in our care centres and hospices. Whatever time you can spare and skills you can share, we would love to hear from you.

Sue Ryder's Chief Executive, Paul Woodward

Volunteering with Sue Ryder has given me a new lease of life. Sue Ryder deserves this award!

Volunteer Hanneke Dye, who was inspired to work with Sue Ryder’s local hospice team in Bradford as a complementary holistic therapist after her late husband was cared for by the charity