Wellingborough-based Hope Project set to receive The Queen’s Award for voluntary service

The Hope Project, which is based on the Hemmingwell estate in Wellingborough, is to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the MBE for volunteer groups.

The award, which is made annually, recognises and rewards excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community.

Chairman of Hemmingwell Residents’ Association, Cathy Mulholland, said: “I am so delighted that The Hope Project is receiving an award from the Queen especially when 10 years ago the reputation for the Hemmingwell estate meant that people looked down on anyone living there.

“Now the community has so much more to enjoy because of The Hope Project.

“We already have more than we ever did and to receive an award like this from the Queen is amazing.

“It is thanks to all those who work and volunteer at The Hope Project.”

Simon Trundle, CEO of The Hope Project, said: “The award recognises the work of so many individuals who have volunteered within their community to improve the lives of so many families and young people.

“Without these volunteers and the dedication of our staff, The Hope Project would not exist.

“I am very proud to lead The Hope Project and will celebrate along with the community the fact that we have received this MBE from the Queen.

“I am hoping that this award will also help us find financial sponsors for this amazing project which is struggling in the current climate of cut backs.”