A Nottingham-based charity will be honoured with an award from the Queen that recognises voluntary work.
Muslim Hands, based in Gregory Boulevard, will receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, one of the highest awards for voluntary groups in the UK.
It is being recognised for its work in alleviating poverty, as well as its community initiatives in the UK such as The Open Kitchen which provides food to the homeless and low-income families.
Sir John Peace, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire – the Queen’s chief executive authority and representative in the county, will present the award to the charity on Thursday, September 26.
Lakhte Hussanain, Muslim Hands Chairman, said: “We are delighted to be honoured and recognised for the work Muslim Hands staff and volunteers have achieved.
“For more than 25 years we have remained committed towards supporting and empowering communities both globally and in the UK, over the long term.
“This award is a testament to how far we have come and we are dedicated to continuing the vital work that we do in collaboration with our volunteers who are the backbone of our organisation.”
The award recognises the work being done by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.
The charity is one of of 281 charities and social enterprises that will will be recognised this year.
Maqsood Ahmed, Director for Muslim Hands UK Community Welfare and Development, said: “This is a clear and well-deserved recognition of our work in the UK by our dedicated team and volunteers who have worked extremely hard to make a difference to the communities they serve.
“We are tremendously proud to be the recipient of such a prestigious award and hope to continue changing lives for the better.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was first awarded in 2002 to mark to Queen’s Golden Jubilee and has been awarded every year since
Muslim Hands is an international aid agency established in 1993 that has worked in crisis-hit areas, such as Yemen, Mozambique, and Bangladesh.
It states its aim as being at the forefront of efforts to deliver relief from poverty, sickness and the provision of education.
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