A charity has been handed an MBE from the Queen.
The HOPE Project, based on the Hemmingwell Estate in Wellingborough, was presented with the award for Voluntary Service on Tuesday for ‘helping to change lives’.
This distinguished honour recognises excellence of voluntary activities and services carried out by groups in the community and specifically for the charity’s efforts in supporting families and individuals in an area of deprivation.
Chairwoman of the local residents’ association, Katie Lamont, said: “I am so delighted that The HOPE Project is receiving an award from the Queen especially when ten years ago the reputation of the Hemmingwell Estate meant that people looked down on anyone living there.
“Now the community has so much more to enjoy because of The HOPE Project.
We already have more than we ever did and to receive an award like this from the Queen is amazing. It is thanks to all those who work and volunteer at The HOPE Project.”
Simon Trundle, CEO of the initiative, said: “The award recognises the work of so many individuals who have volunteered within their community to improve the lives of so many families and young people.”
He added: “I am hoping that this award will also help us find financial sponsors for this amazing project which is struggling in the current climate of cutbacks.”
Leader of Northamptonshire County Council Jim Harker said: “I am incredibly proud of the work that The Hope Project carries out and the people it helps.
“This award is a true acknowledgement of everything they have accomplished.”