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Leicestershire Charity recognised with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

For many years Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons have supported many charities with unbridled enthusiasm, but few could boast such fraternal support as the Menphys Charity, based on Bassett Street in South Wigston.

On 2nd June 2021, the anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation, The Menphys Charity was awarded the prestigious national award to recognise the outstanding work of their volunteer group who benefit their local communities. Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur OBE, will present Menphys with the crystal rose bowl and certificate later in summer.

For over fifty years, Menphys has been providing a range of holistic, impartial, and specialist services to families, funded through their own resources and in partnership with statutory authorities and other voluntary sector groups, such as the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons. More recently, many local Freemasons and their Lodges, have chosen the charity to be the specific annual lodge charity or it has been the beneficiary of match funding by the province through activities and events completed by freemasons.

This much needed funding has helped Menphys to provide a range of specialist services to support children and young adults with additional needs and disabilities, and their families. It strives to give young people equal choices, equal opportunities to allow them to live ordinary lives, through a meeting identified needs with effective support in line with current legislation and codes of good practice.

The Menphys President, Jennifer, Lady Gretton, said she was “…absolutely delighted that Menphys has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It is testament to the work of so many people, in particular our outstanding team of volunteers, who have been providing support and greater choices to local children and their families for over 50 years.”

Her words were echoed by Menphys CEO, and subscribing member of Bradgate Lodge, W.Bro. Ian Caldwell, who said that “Our volunteers, like those in all charities, are a key part of our team, helping us to deliver vital support and respite to families. The Queen’s Award is a wonderful tribute to many years of tireless work and commitment from so many people.”

Martin Traynor OBE, Chair of Trustees,Menphys makes a vital contribution to the lives of children and families across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland, where we are continually developing and evolving services to meet changing and growing needs. This Award is a wonderful recognition of the work of all our volunteers and staff, and the generosity and support of local people.”

If you would like to support this worthwhile charity and help local disadvantaged young people in the community, please use the following contact details:

Further information or enquiries about Menphys Contact our Head of Fundraising and Marketing Liam Deacy at Liam.Deacy@Menphys.Org.Uk or 01455 323 020.


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