Male Uprising Guernsey Receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Male Uprising Guernsey Receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Friday 2 June 2017

The award - the highest given to any voluntary group in the UK - recognises and rewards excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups within the community. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's coronation and is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Daniel Collins, current MUG Chairman expresses the council's gratitude: 'We are very humbled and honoured that the work MUG does has been recognised and to have won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Trevor Kelham set up the charity five years ago, and even though he has stepped down from being chairman, we we are delighted that he could represent MUG at Buckingham Palace in recognition of the award. Without his vision and hard work we wouldn't be where we are today.'

With Thanks to John, Raymond, Roger and Paul

We are tremendously grateful to John Mills who made the nomination, which was backed by Raymond Evison, OBE; Roger Allsopp, OBE and Professor Paul A Townsend, Associate Dean at the Manchester Cancer Research Institute.

As MUG supporters will know, John was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and during his treatment decided he wanted to use his misfortune for a good cause by cycling the length of Britain to raise money for the charity.

Royal Approval

A local assessment panel looked at all the nominations, before making its recommendations to the National Award Committee. The committee makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office, which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.

The charity's work  is driven by the MUG council and has been helped by huge number of people over the last four years. Sports clubs, local personalities, many businesses and individuals have worked hard and given their time to raise money to help people affected by male cancers and raise awareness of the disease, its prevention and early detection.

Praise from Supporters

Raymond Evison, OBE, praised the charity in his supporting letter saying, 'MUG's approach to raising funds to support male cancer screening and testing within the Bailiwick must be applauded, it is done with humour and sometimes fun, but its result amongst the community has been terrifically effective.'

Honorary Patron of MUG, Roger Allsopp, OBE, also sent a letter supporting the charity's nomination. In which he spoke highly of the MUG council, stating, 'it is hard to imagine a more dynamic or dedicated, innovative, courageous and hardworking group of individuals.'

Ian Brown and Trevor Kelham, along with their daughters went to a Buckingham Palace garden party to collect the award.