Stanley supporters earn royal award for community work

By Tim Aldred

14 Nov 2023

Accrington Stanley Garden

The Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Trust has earned a King's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Accrington Stanley Supporters Society Ltd (OASST) is one of 262 local groups to receive the award this year in the UK.

The trust works to strengthen the bond between the football club and its supporters and local community, helping to give back to the community wherever possible and provide services to the supporters.

The volunteers operate various projects such as the Market Hall shop andlocal foodbanks as well as providing supporter services such as coach travel to away fixtures, social evenings, children's free Christmas party and also a range of fundraising events.

Peter Leatham, trust chairman, said: "On behalf of our trust board, many members, and our forefathers in our supporters clubs we are deeply honoured to be selected to receive The King's Award for Voluntary Service.

"This award is a massive honour and is testament to all the hours, close to 7,000 in the past 12 months, that the trust and our volunteers donate to help both our community, our football club and its supporters.

"We are immensely proud of all our achievements but particularly our Memorial Garden sited at the Stadium which provides a quiet area for the whole community to visit and remember loved ones. It is possible to place individual memorial plaques on the walls and we also host a Remembrance Day service on the garden.

"Whilst we have achieved plenty there is always much more to do, and we are committed to continuing our efforts to assist many as much as possible!"

The King's Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee and, following his accession, His Majesty The King emphasised his desire to continue the Award and recipients are announced annually on 14th November, The King's Birthday.

Representatives of the Trust will receive the crystal award and certificate from Amanda Parker, Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire later this year. In addition, two volunteers from Accrington Stanley Supporters Society will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May or June 2024, along with other recipients of this year's Award.

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