AAM meets Royalty!

On Tuesday 24th April, we assembled our crack AAM team and sent them off to Sheffield Cathedral to receive our Duke of York Community Initiative award (DOYCI) from His Royal Highness the Duke of York.

The award is given to organisations that are seen to be of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others. And importantly to us, are owned, developed and led by the people they serve. This is the second time we've received the award and the second time we've been lucky enough to meet HRH in person. 

Our incredible volunteer Brenda and fabulous Hands & Voices apprentice, Anneka were the ones who met HRH and received the award on our behalf. We couldn't think of anyone better to represent who we are and all the different ways we work with people in the community. 

Anneka told HRH the Duke of York "I’m proud to have been in Hands & Voices for a long time (since 2003), getting to know lots of people and learning to sing and sign. Everyone will be so proud of me today. Mum was so excited when I told her I’d been chosen to represent AAM and meeting you. I can’t wait to show everyone our award at Hands & Voices tomorrow night!".

When we asked Anneka what she thought receiving the award meant for AAM she said: “It’ll make people think we’re a good team”. We couldn't agree more.

This award really is received by AAM on behalf of all the people that take part in our programmes, volunteer their time and support us through fundraising. All of whom make AAM such a great organisation to be part of.