SMI Debbie Callaghan, County Media Officer
An invitation was received by Lt Col Billy Royle for 5 members of Greater Manchester ACF to attend a reception with the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Shaheena Haroon.
Councillor Richard Gold, from the Borough of Bury, sent a letter of congratulations after hearing that Greater Manchester ACF adult volunteers had received The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
Cllr Gold said “May I pass on my warm congratulations for your very worthy recognition on receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. We know locally the value and strength of our local communities and for this to be recognised nationally if something all those involved with the Cadet Force should be rightfully proud of. It is testament to your work in Hawkshaw and beyond as a shining example of the spirit and principles of Let’s Do It! in action. I hope this award, coming as it did during National Volunteer Week, provides a boost to your valued volunteers, particularly given the ongoing toll that the pandemic and current pressures have had on people’s lives – especially those who give their time to support others and the more vulnerable in our society who benefit so much from services such as yours. To celebrate your success, we would like to invite you and five representatives from your group/volunteers to a reception with the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Shaheena Haroon. Many congratulations again on receiving this award.”
Lt Col Billy Royle, Deputy Commandant, invited Maj Rob Macdonald, 2Lt Pete Jackson, 2Lt Ian Mundey and SI Ben Wright to attend the reception at Bury Town Hall with the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Shaheena Haroon.