OUTSTANDING voluntary service at an amateur boxing club has been recognised by the Queen.
Titchfield Amateur Boxing Club, on Mill Lane, Titchfield, is one of 111 groups from across the country to receive the prestigious award.
Ken Charman, 85, and Lou Stamp, 75, who have both volunteered at the club for more than 40 years, will collect the award at Buckingham Palace today.
Mr Charman said: ‘It’s been some year. It’s been brilliant.’
Mr Charman said they would both be taking their wives – Marjorie and Irene – to the palace to say thank you for their support over the years.
The club, which was set up more than 50 years ago, has around 60 members.
Mr Charman was made Fareham Citizen of Honour last year by the council and the club was visited by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, David Harrison, who nominated them for the Queen’s Award.
The awards were created by Her Majesty The Queen to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions that groups of volunteers make to local communities.
It has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Award committee chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said: ‘With more than 15 million Britons now volunteering at least once a month, this year’s winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service have faced some tough competition.
‘By being honoured, they have become the latest champions of a great movement whose members play a crucial role in identifying and tackling a whole range of grass roots problems in communities across our country.’