The Queens Award for Voluntary Service was created by Her Majesty The Queen in 2002, to celebrate the anniversary of her Coronation.  This prestigious award, otherwise known as the MBE for volunteer groups, recognises excellence in volunteer activities carried out by community groups. It is the highest award that can be given to voluntary groups in the UK.

A number of local charities have received this award and have been invited to attend the Buckingham Palace Garden Party on 5th June.

The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity

The Charity, affectionately known as SuperJosh, was set up by 13 year old Joshua Wilson and his mum Dawn Fidler in 2013 during Josh’s own battle with illness with the aim of helping other families.  Unfortunately, Josh died a year later but the charity continues to passionately help poorly children.  Thanks to Josh’s mother, and the amazing team of volunteers, the charity has been awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

Dawn, and her grandmother, will be attending the Buckingham Palace Garden Party on 5th June, prior to receiving the QAVS from one of the Queen’s Lord Lieutenants at a ceremony in Manchester on 29th August.


To get in touch with the Charity:


Tel: 0161 763 8787


Annabelle’s Challenge Vascular EDS Charity

The UK’s leading charity for Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vascular EDS) working closely with the NHS Ehlers-Danlos National Diagnostic Service.  The Charity promote research and host the annual awareness event REDS4VEDS Day.

At the heart of the Charity is Annabelle, the inspiration behind the challenge to raise awareness and support for patients and families touched by vascular EDS across the UK and globally.

Vascular EDS is a life threatening connective tissue disorder that affects all tissues, arteries and internal organs making the very fragile.  The condition ultimately means that patients are at risk of sudden arterial or organ rupture.  It is caused by an alteration in the COL3A1 gene which results in connective tissue being less effective, particularly in skin, lungs, uterus, intestine and the vascular system.

An early diagnosis is critical to ensure that appropriate preventative measures are taken through medical testing and monitoring.  The aim of the charity is to reduce the number of children and adults being undiagnosed or misdiagnosed by increasing awareness.

To get in touch with the group:


Tel: 0161 797 4746

If you need support: Freephone helpline 0800 917 8495



Re>build (Bury)

The charity helps to provide affordable furniture and skills to local people living in disadvantaged situations.

Re>build has grown into a people-focused organisation providing quality volunteering and learning opportunities to unlock the potential of disadvantaged individuals in the local community.  They are able to provide affordable furniture to improve the lives of individuals and families in the area.  In addition, reusing furniture and other goods, diverting them from landfill and helping the environment.

They have helped, and continue to help: –

  • Lone parents
  • Unemployed
  • Mental Health Sufferers
  • People with disabilities
  • Young people
  • Ex-service personnel
  • Domestic abuse survivors, and many more!

To get in touch with Re>build:

Tel: 0161 764 0888



The New Springs Community Project Group

NSCPG is a community group working in the Springs are of Bury, providing a wide range of community facilities, events, activities and training for those living in the area.

The Springs Project was formed 14 years ago by the Church Urban Fund and Bury Council youth services which provided services for the young people on the estate.  Two mums who spent time playing sport with younger children every week eventually became the Springs Action Group.  The groups decided to join forces and renamed themselves as the Springs Community Action Group.  Funding was obtained to fund a Community Development Worker to help and support the action group and eventually the group was renamed the New Springs Community Project Group.

NSCPG opened the New Springs Activity Centre in 2007 (formerly Redvales) and they now deliver a range of activities and events including: –

  • Bingo/ darts
  • Social Club
  • Over 50s Luncheon Club
  • Reiki
  • Out of School Kids Club
  • Springs Youth Club
  • Get Fit While You Sit
  • Adult Learning Sessions
  • Annual Community Trips
  • Christmas Parties

To get in touch with the group:


Tel: 07960 402368


Well done to all our amazing local charities!