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Trustees, volunteers and members of the community came together to celebrate Aspire Ryde’s receiving of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Saturday (16th September).

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation and is recognised as the MBE for volunteer groups.

Aspire Ryde, which is based on Dover Street, was developed by Heath Monaghan and his team to breath new life into the redundant former church building turning it into a much needed community centre. The charity was nominated for it’s volunteer work by the Mayor of Ryde, Councillor Henry Adams.

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HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight Major General Martin White CB CBE JP presented the award to Heath and the team on Saturday afternoon. The Isle of Wight’s High Sheriff Ben Rouse was also in attendance.

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