Hampshire Search and Rescue volunteers go to palace party

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FOUR members of Hampshire Search and Rescue have attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

The group was recently announced as one of 130 winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers.

This honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and Hampshire Search and Rescue received the award for providing round-the-clock assistance to Hampshire Police in searches for vulnerable missing people.

The group will receive a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan in a ceremony in Romsey later this year.

Chairman Simon Jeffs said: ‘I really wanted to be able to take the whole team to the palace but unfortunately only four of us were allowed to attend and I decided the easiest way to decide was to make a short list and draw names from a hat.

‘We had a fantastic day at the palace and it is great to be recognised for the hard efforts and professionalism of the team.’

Fundraising co-ordinator Pamela Skeen added: ‘It was an experience that I will never forget; a great honour to represent the group at such a memorable event.’