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Queen’s Top Honour for the Swallows

Posted on: 2nd June 2017

The Swallows Head and Neck Support Group are proud to announce that today, June 2nd 2017, we have received The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour for Voluntary Groups.

The group was set up in 2010 and attained full charity status in 2012. It is run by patients, carers, family and friends, so everyone understands the problems faced after a diagnosis of head and neck cancer. The Swallows name was chosen because many patients affected by head and neck cancer have difficulty swallowing. The group aims to reach out and offer support.24/7. There is a24 hour helpline and monthly patient and carer meetings, with signposting to other services if this is required.

Our charity shop, with its enthusiastic and hard-working team, based initially in St Anne's, but now in larger premises in Blackpool has been a major success. This asset, together with the efforts of our many supporters, has enabled us to raise money which allowed us to offer help in many ways. Over the past 18 months we have been able to provide various items to local hospitals to assist in both the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer patients. One of our major achievements was to provide funding of £30,000 towards the purchase of a state of the art Ultrasound scanner for the ENT Department of Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

This award is a tribute to the great team of volunteers, trustees and patrons who give support to those affected by head and neck cancer here in Blackpool, the Fylde and across the UK.

Chairman Chris Curtis and his wife, Sharon, attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on June 1st where he was presented with the award by the Queen's representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire.

Chris said he was honoured to accept the award on behalf of everyone who gives their time and support to the charity. He said: "Winning the Queen's Award is an honour and testament to all the hard work of our volunteers, trustees and patrons. I am delighted that their work has been recognised. Without them and the support of the local community, we would not be able to do what we do to support so many people who have been affected by head and neck cancer. ''

For further information on the award or the work of the charity please contact Chris Curtis - or 07779 169 833

Read the press release here

The Queen's award for voluntary service

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