20th September 2011
Celebrations all round for Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd
It was celebrations all round for Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd, as they proudly accepted the Queen's Award, an MBE for voluntary organisations, at an event held at Christ Church, Town Square Woking on 16th September 2011. Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care (SDAC) were also celebrating their 25 year anniversary at the same time, and the event was an opportunity to reflect and commemorate some of their achievements, past and recent.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was presented to SDAC by Richard Stilgoe OBE, who represented the Lord Lieutenant on this occasion. This prestigious award is made annually to groups who have given "outstanding voluntary work in the community".
Attending the event was Alan Bestic, founder member of what was then known as Surrey Drug Care. Also enjoying the occasion was our octogenarian volunteer who celebrated her 80th birthday whilst still competently taking the help line on night shifts.
45 current volunteers attended and assisted with the day's events, as well as enjoying the whole event.
VIP's included, Strategic Director of Woking Borough Council, Chair of Surrey County Council, Mayor of Guildford, Mayor of Surrey Heath, MP Jonathan Lord, Richmond Fellowship, DAAT Team, Surrey Harm Reduction team, Glaxo Smith Klein, High Sheriff Surrey.
Professor Michael Joy gave a speech on alcohol, Narcotics Anonymous gave a talk and SDAC chairman gave an outline of our achievements over the past few years. These included a new free telephone number to land line and mobiles for our callers to use, membership to the Help Line Association, new web site and new marketing materials to get our name into the public arena.
Glaxo Smith Klein attended and were thanked for their donation of £5,000 last year which helped us achieve many of the above for our service.
Presentation of The Queen's Award to Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care Ltd by Richard Stilgoe OBE to Michael Sproule, with Johnathan Lord MP, Wendy Coad, High Sheriff Prof Michael Joy, Lovinia Sealey