CRCB celebrates our QAVS at St Mary's Guildhall

On Wednesday 24th October over one hundred volunteers and friends of Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind attended the presentation of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour a chairty can receive, at St Mary's Guildhall, Coventry.

The award was presented to Trustee/Managers Rosie Brady and Tricia Griffiths by Deputy Lieutenant Ursula Russell, accompanied by Lord Lieutenant Cadet Sgt Olivia Tennant.

Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress, Deputy Lieutenant Ursula Russell, Tricia Griffiths, Rosie Brady and Lord Lieutenant Cadet Sgt Olivia Tennant and the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Back line: Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Coventry. 

Front line: Deputy Lieutenant Urusal Russell, Tricia Griffiths, Rosie Brady and Lord Lieutenant Cadet Sgt Olivia Tennant

General Manager Hugh Sorrill opened the evening by sharing the journey of the Resource Centre to date, with extra special mentions to Rosie Brady and Tricia Griffiths, who transformed the Resource Centre into the indispensable, life-changing, welcoming charity it is today.

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor John Blundell, praised all staff and volunteers at CRCB for their extraordinary work in the community and the impact of their hard work on the city of Coventry. He even shared how he had taken part in sighted guiding training, along with the Lady Mayoress of Coventry, which provided him with a deeper understanding of what it means to be blind or partially sighted.

Peggy Bloom, Tony Jennings, Olga Miller and Edwina Millis, service users, volunteers and friends, gave powerful speeches on the impact the Resource Centre has had on their lives. They each shared their journeys at CRCB including the friendships they have formed, the new skills they have learnt and the unforgettable experiences they will cherish.

Trustee/Managers Rosie Brady and Tricia Griffiths then took to the stage together to give their personal accounts of the progress of the Resource Centre. It was moving and inspirational to hear how much they have transformed the Resource Centre since this incredibly resilient pair joined forces to save and reshape CRCB in 2010.

The presentation was followed by champagne and a beautifully decorated cake, made by Coventry City Council. There was a sense of celebration in the air as everybody got the chance to mingle and meet new faces.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the presentation to celebrate our success. We have earned this award thanks to the support of our extraordinary volunteers and everyone who has helped us in the Coventry community.

We are proud to have received such an honour as the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, and we are thrilled to move forwards as a charity towards an extremely bright future.