Queen’s award for charitable Donald

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The founder of a charity which raised tens of thousands of pounds to help hundreds of people in need has received a royal award for his work.

The Helping Hands scheme, which was set up in Conningsby 34 years ago by Donald Scarborough, who now lives in Skegness, was awarded with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the equivalent of an MBE - last Sunday.

“It was a surprise to hear we had been nominated,” said Donald.

“It came about because the guy down the road from me was suffering and so I thought why not get a proper committee going to help the sick and disabled.

“It’s gone from strength to strength ever since and has been very well supported.

“I enjoyed doing it and the people we helped enjoyed my company when I went round to see them and I was really proud of what we did.”

During his years with the charity, 82-year-old Donald helped raise tens of thousands of pounds to help hundreds of people with their problems.

By providing anything from From wheelchairs to defibrillators to hospitals transport, the charity would do its bit to fill their need.

“Anyone that needs anything goes to Helping Hands and they get what they need,” he said.

Donald and other committee members were presented with the award held at the United Methodist Church in Coningsby, by the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Tony Worth.

Coun Betty Harvey OBE also attended the event and described Helping Hands as a ‘wonderful organisation’.