• The Sleep Charity wakes up to Queens Award for Voluntary Service

    Doncaster-based The Sleep Charity, has scooped a top accolade – the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

    The award-winning charity, established in 2012, helps 30,000 families with sleep issues a year, as well as providing specialist support and accredited training for professionals and commercial organisations. In order to do so, the charity relies on the support of volunteers throughout the country to carry out various roles. 

    The Sleep Charity is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the social enterprise sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

    Representatives of The Sleep Charity will receive the award from The Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from The Sleep Charity will have the opportunity to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of the Queen’s Award. 

    Said Vicki Dawson, CEO of The Sleep Charity: “This award is known as the ‘MBE for the voluntary sector’ so it is an absolute honour to receive it. It is also incredible recognition of the huge amount of work that goes into making the charity successful year on year. As a small team we rely on our network of skilled volunteers who work tirelessly to offer sleep support and this is a huge tribute to everyone’s hard work and commitment, without which we would struggle to deliver services.”

    The CEO of Doncaster Chamber, Dan Fell, said: “This really is a fantastic accolade for the Sleep Charity and for Vicki and her team, and something Doncaster can be really proud of. I know how important the work they do is, and the impact they are having on lives across the country as documented in the Sleep Manifesto launched earlier in the year. As such, it’s great to see that recognised in this way.

    “Social enterprise and voluntary groups are a core part of our business community and their importance has never been more clearly demonstrated than in the current climate. We as a chamber will be doing even more to work with a range of social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups across the borough as we begin to recover from Covid-19.

    “The Queen’s Awards are a fantastic vehicle to shine a light on success in business and in the third sector.  This year’s awards have just opened for applications and I would encourage more Doncaster firms to enter as a way of celebrating their hard work and accomplishments.”

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