Guildford Samaritans were the only charitable organisation in Surrey to have received the award this year. The award was received on behalf of the Branch by Margaret one of the longest serving Samaritans together with Eddie one of the newest recruits.
Nominated for the award by a local supporter, Guildford Samaritans has been recognised for its commitment to supporting local people over the past 50 years and the Branch’s outreach work, including a missing person referral scheme with Surrey Police.
Director of Guildford Samaritans, Mandy Perrin, said: “We are all delighted and honoured to have received the Queen’s Award for voluntary service especially so in our 50th anniversary year. This is a fantastic testament to the time and commitment that volunteers have put in over the years and we are all very proud. This award is for all the volunteers of Guildford Samaritans including the Listeners at HMP Coldingley and HMP Send.”