16 Aug QAVS Presentation to Bright Star Boxing Academy
Bright Star Boxing Academy were one of the four Shropshire recipients to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year and last week the Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Anna Turner presented them with the prestigious award.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life. It is awarded to outstanding groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community. Volunteers are expected to be leading its work. The Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Anna Turner JP said, “I am delighted that Bright Star Boxing Academy have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year. This prestigious award is richly deserved.
The Bright Star Boxing Academy offers sport, mentoring and education to support people to make positive changes in their lives. Its goals are to aid young people at risk of exclusion or criminal exploitation; in recovery; abuse survivors; and people suffering with poor mental health. The group has had a life changing impact on hundreds of vulnerable people across Shropshire. During Covid-19 when its premises had to close, the group adapted and switched to an online offer. Joe Lockley, Director of Bright Star Boxing Academy said, “Winning this award is absolutely amazing for all of the staff and volunteers at Bright Star, it’s great to see the impact we’re having is recognised nationally. Everyone involved with Bright Star goes the extra mile to meet the needs of everyone who walks through the doors, whether that be through one of our targeted programmes or to the open boxing club sessions. This award is an amazing achievement for everyone involved in Bright Star”.