Queen’s award for elderly club

Mervyn and Violet Dougan outside Buckingham Palace. INPT24-008
Mervyn and Violet Dougan outside Buckingham Palace. INPT24-008

Redrock Tuesday Club for the elderly has been honoured for its community work with a Queen’s Award.

The award recognises and rewards excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community.

And last month, the club’s founders, Mervyn and Violet Dougan, attended a royal garden party at Buckingham Palace last month to mark the achievement. 

Mervyn said he and his wife were “overwhelmed” to receive the invitation and that the club was “absolutely thrilled volunteers had been recognized by this most prestigious award”.

He said it was recognition not just for present volunteers, but the ones who have been with the group since it began 11 years ago, and “absent friends”.

He added, “It is indeed a great honour.

The strong membership and loyalty of the members is a credit to each and every one of them.”

Meanwhile at a local ceremony, the Lord Lieutenant of the county, as the Queen’s representative, will present the club with a certificate, signed by the Queen, and a commemorative crystal.

The club, which now holds charity status, supports the elderly and campaigns on their behalf. It is a support system for those facing age related health issues, bereavement and the many other hurdles that they may face, whilst also befriending others and having fun.

The Club began with 18 members and has grown to its current membership of 95, with members coming from Markethill, Portadown & Newtownhamilton.