Monday, July 14: Charity gains award

PUBLISHED: 18:00 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

A COMMUNITY charity has won a major prestigious award for making lives better for disabled and seriously ill people. Dream-A-Away has re-ceived the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for its services to the community by providing holidays for seriously i

A COMMUNITY charity has won a major prestigious award for making lives better for disabled and seriously ill people.Dream-A-Away has re-ceived the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for its services to the community by providing holidays for seriously ill or disabled people throughout the South West.The charity, which is based in Exeter and run by volunteers, owns six luxury holiday homes in Sandy Bay which they have adapted to meet the needs of people with a disability.At a ceremony in County Hall they were presented, by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, with an official certificate signed by the Queen and a commemorative crystal and they will be allowed to use the 'Unsung Heroes' royal crest on their official stationery. More than 10,000 people and their carers and families have benefited from day trips, outings, and dream trips of a lifetime.Charity chairman Jeff Merrett, MBE, said: "I am extremely honoured that we have been chosen to receive this prestigious award."I cannot describe the feeling that this prestigious award has given me and everyone connected with Dream-A-Way."The charity has become successful because of the hard work of our trustees and committee and the tremendous support from our Friends of Dream-A-Way, supporters and sponsors.

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