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Wycombe Homeless Connection charity receives royal award

PUBLISHED: 09:46 26 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:46 26 May 2015

Sir Henry presents the certificate recording the precious award to Dr Sheena Dykes and Bill Reid

Sir Henry presents the certificate recording the precious award to Dr Sheena Dykes and Bill Reid

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Just one Buckinghamshire charity received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year – Wycombe Homeless Connection.

Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant, was on fine formSir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant, was on fine form

Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant, presented the prestigious commemorative crystal at Hall Barn in Beaconsfield on behalf of Her Majesty. He declared that the charity does “outstanding work” in helping around 400 local people every year in housing crisis.

On receiving it, Chair of Trustees Dr Sheena Dykes thanked Bill Reid, former Town Clerk of High Wycombe, for nominating the charity. She also expressed gratitude to Countess Howe for her role in the assessment, and to the Hon Jenefer Farncombe for hosting the celebratory reception.

In the presence of many local and county dignitaries, the biggest vote of thanks went to the organisation’s 300 volunteers, many of whom attended. Their work is vital to providing the Wycombe Winter Night Shelter, as well as giving advice and support to help homeless people get back on track with their lives.

A delicious afternoon tea was generously provided by caterer Ann Tennant and chef David Carter.

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