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The Queen's Award

In 2020 Vectis Radio was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. It is a great achievement for our small Isle of Wight based community radio station run by a group of volunteers.

Founder and Director Ian Mac Receiving The Queens Award from Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon

Vectis Radio is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners are wonderfully diverse and include volunteer groups from across the UK.

Representatives of The Station were presented with the award by Susie Sheldon, Lord Lieutenant of the Island. Furthermore two volunteers from Vectis Radio will attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other winners of the The Queen's award from across the UK. 

The Island's Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon said the following about the achievement:

"This Award is well deserved recognition of the work you have all done in providing great support across the Island. I thank you for what you do for our Community."

Vectis Radio Founder and Director Ian Mac was overwhelmed by the recognition after receiving the award: 

“This is amazing, we have a number of volunteers who not only go above and beyond serving our community, some of them have been superhuman in their efforts in helping Vectis Radio to survive. Our team are brilliant and I think I can safely say on their behalf they will be extremely proud. Days like these you can only dream about and today it’s a reality!!”

Vectis Radio Director Kelvin Currie added:

“I am honoured that the efforts of a relatively small team of volunteers have been recognised in this way. It is a testament to the hard work of these volunteers, both behind the microphone and behind the scenes that Vectis Radio is the station it is. This award is a fantastic achievement, and congratulations are due to all who do so much for Vectis Radio”

Click here to see photos of the award and the presentation a the Vectis Radio studio

Thank You All The Volunteers Who Were With Us at This Time

Massive thank you to the volunteers that were with us at time of nomination for the Queens award for voluntary service, we salute, Kelvin Currie, Maggie Currie, Kieren Thomson, Kitty, Ron Leleux, Darren Donkersley, Robert and Neil Clark, Gary Clark, Alice Blue, David Parkinson, Tom Jackson, Sharon Legg, Laura Galton, Jonathan Bacon, John Hacker, Richard Lawrence, Shaun O Brian, Simon Steele, Shania Steele, Ernie Saill, Geoff Horsnell, Nick Painless, James Wilson, Gary Clark, Dan Best, and Hannah Banana Barker.

Watch the video below to see the faces that make the magic happen