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Acton-based volunteer group receives Queen’s honour

A GROUP of volunteers from Acton have received the Queen’s Award for voluntary service.

Descendants, an organisation which serves children and young people across the London Borough of Ealing has been honoured with the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The QAVS recognises outstanding work by voluntary groups to improve their communities.

Descendants exists to support and enrich the lives, primarily of African and Caribbean children and young people to grow in confidence and respect for their rich heritage.

The group educates, inspires and enriches children’s lives through running inspirational projects and events to mark significant periods and people in African and Caribbean history.

Representatives from Descendants, including founder Margaret Noel and c0-founder Celestine Uzoka attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 29th May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

CELEBRATION: Margaret Noel (right) and Celestina Uzoka (left)

Speaking on the award, Noel said: “Descendants’ Management Committee are delighted that our dedicated work has been awarded such a prestigious award, ‘The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’ the highest award a Voluntary group can receive in the UK. We salute All the volunteers who have volunteered in any capacity over the past 26 years! We are very proud and hope this award inspires the next generation and our Community'.”

Descendants is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The Awards was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse.

Representatives of Descendants will receive the award from Richard Kornicki CBE DL
​Representative Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the London Borough of Ealing
later this summer.

In addition to receiving the prestigious honour, Descendants will be celebrating the launch of their second book on Saturday 22 June 2019.

Entitled Our roots, our stories, our legacy, the book has contributions from past and current volunteers, community organisations, councilors and MP's from the London borough of Ealing and further afield and individuals that have worked with Descendants to ensure the continuation of the vital services that they offer.

Attendance to the book launch is free and the book will be on sale for £5.99. This all takes place at Acton Gardens Community Centre, Unit A, Munster Court, Bollo Bridge Road, Acton, London, W3 8UU on Windrush day, Saturday 22nd June 2019 from 18:00 – 21:00.

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