VOLUNTEERS who help police search for missing people have been presented with an award on behalf of the Queen.
Hampshire Search and Rescue were given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is an MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their community.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO, presented the award, a crystal and a certificate signed by the Queen, at a ceremony on Saturday.
She said: ‘It is a great pleasure to present this award to Hampshire Search & Rescue whose volunteers often carry out their work in very difficult circumstances.
‘The support they provide to the police searching for vulnerable missing persons is invaluable.’
Simon Jeffs, Hampshire Search & Rescue’s chairman, said: ‘Hantsar is absolutely delighted to receive The Queen’s Award which recognises the hard work undertaken by our wonderful team.
‘Our volunteers are always ready to respond at short notice and give freely of their time to undertake rescues throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight whenever needed.’
The award was created in 2002, to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Since then, 130 groups across the country have won it.
To nominate a group for next year’s awards, go to direct.gov.uk/qavs.