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Tameside Hospital’s Ticker Club receive Queen’s Award
Thursday 16th June 2016 @ 10:28 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

The Ticker Club, who support cardiac patients at Tameside Hospital, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The wholly voluntary association, formed in 1987, offers support throughout the North West to others who are experiencing heart or vascular problems, and to their families.

They provide practical advice and moral support to all new patients and are invited to give representation both within Tameside Hospital and in the wider context of regional NHS bodies.

Since the club’s founding, members have raised more than £1.2 million through fundraising events and activities, and this has been used to purchase vital equipment and facilities to improve the patient experience at the North West Heart Centre.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities.

The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on June 2 – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Members of the Ticker Club attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 24, where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

The club is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

The Ticker Club will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer.

Ticker Club chairman John Phillips said: “I am delighted that the Ticker Club has received this prestigious award. This is a very proud moment for all of our members.

“On behalf of the club I would like to thank everyone who, over the years, has supported us in the work that we do – from those members who have visited cardiac patients on the wards and in the clinics, to those who have attended our fundraising events.

“This award is for everyone who has supported the club over the last 30 years.”

Karen James, Tameside Hospital’s Chief Executive added: “It’s fantastic to see that such an important group has been recognised at a national level and been given this fantastic award.

“This represents the hard work and dedication that the club have put in over the years.

“I am delighted with this achievement and want to say my sincere congratulations to all involved.”