One of our volunteers, Julia, was a recipient of the “Badge of the Order of Mercy” earlier this year. It was presented to her at a ceremony at the Mansion House, London, by Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield Kt DL (President of the League of Mercy) followed by tea in the luxurious setting. There were just 26 other recipients from all over the UK. She was nominated by the trustees of Home-Start Shepway for her commitment to the scheme under the category of “young people at risk”.
Julia has been with the scheme for over 18 years and in that time has supported more than 35 families. Each of them received short term support but benefited from positive, long term outcomes. She has a lovely, calm, caring manner and families find it easy to accept support from her. She is a very kind, humble lady who thoroughly deserves this award.
The League of Mercy was founded in 1899 by the Royal Charter of Queen Victoria, instigated by the Prince of Wales for volunteers who assisted with the maintenance of voluntary hospitals to “relieve sickness and suffering”. When the 1948 National Health Act abolished these hospitals the League was quietly wound up. The League was re-founded in 1999 and honours volunteers who “have given marvelous voluntary service for a period of at least 7 years”.
Julia now joins their list of distinguished volunteers who have given the greatest service to a charity and deserve recognition.
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