Duchess of Northumberland throws party at Alnwick Garden to honour county's unsung heroes

Selfless volunteers and carers have been treated to a special garden party at the invitation of the Duchess of Northumberland.


The Duchess of Northumberland threw open the gates to her Alnwick Garden attraction as a thank you to the county’s volunteers and carers.

The Duchess, in her capacity as the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, hosted a garden party to recognise the valuable contribution volunteers and carers make to the community.

The event saw 250 volunteers and carers invited along with their partners or a guest.

North East bakers Greggs supplied the food and Ramside the catering equipment and staff, while the Cassino Band of Northumbria Army Cadet Force provided the music.

Potts UK printed the invitations and information sheets and created the memento pins.

The Duchess said: “Ever since the Queen came to Alnwick and saw the huge numbers of volunteers and carers in Northumberland, I have been keen to continue to recognise and celebrate the enormous contribution that so many people make to our communities.

“Often unsung, these heroes deserve to be saluted for the really valuable work they do and so that is why we arranged such a celebration.”

At the end of the afternoon, the Duchess presented, on behalf of the Queen, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the Morpeth Cadet Brigade, in recognition of its outstanding contribution to voluntary work in Morpeth and the surrounding area.

The award recognises organisations whose work has significantly benefited others and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering by such groups.

The party is planned to be the first of what will become an annual event at the garden, in celebration of county volunteers and carers.


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