Muslim Hands gets Queen’s award

27th Sep 2019
Muslim Hands gets Queen’s award

(Photo photo courtesy of Muslim Hands)

Elham Asaad Buaras

International Muslim NGO Muslim Hands has been honoured with the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises the global work Muslim Hands has achieved in alleviating poverty, as well as its community initiatives in the UK, such as The Open Kitchen which provides food to the homelessand low-income families in Hounslow, London.

Nottingham-based Muslim Hands is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

The Award was created over a decade ago by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers. It sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.

Representatives of Muslim Hands who work in over 30 countries received the award from Sir John, Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham on September 26.
In a statement to The Muslim News Lakhte Hussanain, Muslim Hands Chair, said, “We are delighted to be honoured and recognised for the work Muslim Hands staff and volunteers have achieved.

For over 25 years we have remained committed towards supporting and empowering communities both globally and in the UK, over the long term. This award is a testament to how far we have come and we are dedicated to continuing the vital work that we do in collaboration with our volunteers who are the backbone of our organisation.”

Minister for Civil Society and Sport, Mims Davies, said: “Volunteers make an incredible difference to so many people’s lives and their communities.

These prestigious awards recognise the wonderful work being done by many voluntary organisations across the country. I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to all the worthy winners for their continued hard work and dedication.”

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