Royal accolade for children’s holiday centre

Holiday centre
Holiday centre

The Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The prestigious honour is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The holiday centre, on Scarbrough Avenue, has been providing seaside breaks in the town for disadvantaged Derbyshire children since 1891.

Chairman Bill Tomlinson and wife Delphine attended a Buckingham Palace garden party last month where they met The Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

The charity will be officially presented with the award by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire William Tucker later this summer.

The centre recently welcomed 13 children from the Peak District village of Eyam and hosts groups for 30 weeks of the year and Christmas.

Manager Ali Byerley said: “I am very happy for everybody connected to with the holiday centre particularly the volunteers in Derbyshire and staff working here who look after the children .

“It is a great accolade for Skegness, we have a lot of local supporters and it is nice for them that we as a charity have been given this award.”