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HOSPICE volunteers are to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

Staff at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, in Grosvenor Road, Chichester, have spoken of their joy at the honour, which is the MBE for volunteer groups.

The hospice applied for the award in September last year and now more than 500 volunteers will be awarded for their efforts.

St Wilfrid’s is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Angela Wormald, chairman of trustees of St Wilfrid’s, said: ‘The entire hospice team couldn’t be more pleased that our volunteers have been recognised in such a special way.

‘The hospice is celebrating its 25th anniversary year so it is a fitting tribute our volunteers have been recognised in the Queen’s Jubilee year.’

A representative of the Queen will present the volunteer group with a certificate, signed by the Queen, and a commemorative glass crystal at a local ceremony taking place later this year.

Representatives will also be invited to Buckingham Palace to attend the annual royal garden party.

Since St Wilfrid’s opened it has cared for more than 11,000 people.