I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.Her Majesty The Queen, 19th March 2020
A Message from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey,
As we draw to the close of 2021, the year could be described as similar to that of a roller coaster. So many organisations and agencies, as well as volunteers, have worked so hard throughout the year to keep us safe, The NHS, the Ambulance Service, Surrey Fire & Rescue, the Police and the Military and care homes for the elderly.
In addition to these outstanding services, the Lieutenancy have been fully aware of how many individuals and groups of volunteers who have done wonderful work in supporting their communities. As a result, we established a Lieutenancy Award. The suggested recipients being put forward by Deputy Lieutenants. They included a wide range, from three young boys, who found an elderly gentlemen in distress in the countryside and managed to obtain help, thus saving the gentleman’s life; to volunteers supporting their local Samaritans group or a volunteer maintaining his village war memorial over many years. In addition to these Awards, every Deputy Lieutenant chose a selection of groups of people who had stepped up to assist their communities and keep life running during covid. Nearly two hundred of these certificates of Appreciation have been presented. They included presentations to food banks, village stores, charities working with young adults with learning disabilities, a supermarket, a farm park, Surrey Outdoor Learning Development(SOLD), caterers such as The Tipsy Pigs and companies, to name but a few.
Let us hope that 2022 allows us all to go forward with great confidence and that life may return to some semblance of normality.
May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.
23rd December 2021
The full message from Her Majesty The Queen, 19th March 2020 can be found at: www.royal.uk