Phil Wilson MP was a special guest at the presentation of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, to local charity, Veterans At Ease. The charity help ex-military personnel from across Durham overcome the traumas of war. Using Neurolinguistic Programming, community based services, home visits and on-line support, the charity has successfully helped over 130 veterans since early 2011.
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. It was presented to the organisation by the County Durham Lord-Lieutenant Sue Snowdon at a special event at Hatfield College in Durham.
Phil Wilson MP was a special guest at the event along with MP for Durham North, Kevan Jones. The event was attended by over 40 people from the charity, military and local community.
Mr Wilson said of the award “It has been a delight to watch this local Newton Aycliffe charity go from strength to strength. I first came across them a few years ago when they were looking for new premises. I was pleased to be able to help them with this, and was delighted when they successfully secured a place in Newton Aycliffe to deliver their vital services. The support they provide to ex members of the armed forces is much needed. As chair of the defence select committee in parliament, I understand the importance of a strong ministry of defence and valuing all those involved. I wish Veterans at Ease every success in the future.”