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Voluntary worker receives award from the Queen


A CULCHETH man who spent more than 30 years helping others has been presented with the MBE by the Queen.
Kevin Jones, of Stonyhurst Crescent, was invested with the award at Buckingham Palace, after receiving the award nearly six months ago in the New Year’s Honours List.
He received the award for voluntary service in the North West.
The former bank worker first started volunteering in 1985  at St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston which was only a couple of miles from where he lived at the time.
During his time at the hospice Kevin, who now volunteers for the Citadel in St Helens, held down a number of roles including honorary treasurer, a member of the board of trustees and chairman of the finance committee –  all while holding down a full-time job.
When first told he was to receive the honour, he said he was flattered, “astounded and thrilled.”
He said: “You don’t do these things because you want an award. You do it because you want to give back. I would recommend it to anyone.”
Kevin attended the Palace with his partner, Stephen Walton-Jones and members of his family and afterwards hosted a lunch for friends and family at the Army and Navy Club on Pall Mall.


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