Members of Kelso-based group Charity Begins At Home received a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal last week, in recognition of being granted the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The crystal was presented to Joyce Cavers, who set up the charity 12 years ago and is still a trustee at the age of 87, by the Lord Lieutenant for Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew. Margaret Riddell, chairperson of the trustees and the shop committee, received the certificate.
She said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed to be given this honour. All the staff are gobsmacked that it has happened to us.”
Captain Maitland-Carew added that the group “greatly deserved” the award for their “tireless” efforts.
The award has an equivalent status to the MBE.