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The Lord Lieutenant of County down

the award ceremony @ Daisy Lodge to the cancer fund for children on Thursday 6th September 2018

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     On Thursday the 6th September the Cancer Fund for Children were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service at a ceremony at Daisy Lodge near Newcastle. The ceremony was attended by a large number of the volunteers, members of staff & board members. The award was received by Wendy McCulla, the Chair of the Cancer Fund for Children. There were several speakers, including the Chair, the Lord Lieutenant & Walter Rader who manages the QAVS scheme in Northern Ireland. The master of Ceremonies during the ceremony which was held outside just before sunset, was Naomi Braithwaite who ran the ceremony just perfectly. Naomi interviewed 2 volunteers for us & that gave us all a much better insight into what volunteers actually contributed.
Photos thanks to the Portadown Times
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The Cancer Fund for Children @ Daisy Lodge is a very special place indeed & all the many volunteers that work there  are truly worthy of the QAVS. They provide a 4 day break for children suffering from cancer together with their parents & siblings. However, it is not just a break it is a wonderful 5 star short holiday with every possible facility laid on to give the families a really fabulous change from the very difficult times they are having. The food is delicious, the accommodation very flexible and luxurious. Families can get as much or a little privacy as they desire.  There is every possible type of leisure activity laid on for both adults & children. To sum it up. It is just superb!
   Some of the young volunteers holding up the glass Award & the certificate signed by HM The Queen.
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