By Royal Appointment

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Here volunteers Simon and Bradley enjoy Buckingham Palace on behalf of all Mentoring Plus volunteer mentors

Two volunteers from Bath-based Mentoring Plus earned themselves a well-deserved trip to Buckingham Palace last month to collect the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their work improving the lives of local young people.

Their longest-serving volunteer, Simon I’Anson, accepted the award on behalf of Mentoring Plus mentors at the Royal Garden Party in June. Simon has mentored five young people and has now joined  Mentoring Plus as a trustee.

Simon was accompanied by 24-year old peer mentor Bradley, who was mentored himself in his teens and who has volunteered for the charity ever since. Bradley runs their Youth Reps advocacy group, speaking publicly about mentoring and becoming a strong role model for their young mentees.

Jamie Luck, Director of Mentoring Plus said: “We’re honoured, delighted and slightly over-excited that it’s our volunteer mentors who have been announced as winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

“Volunteers are everything to us, and to our mentees. We couldn’t be happier that it’s our mentors past and present who have been honoured for their tireless and inspiring work.

“It’s a special pleasure too that local charity funder Quartet Community Foundation nominated Mentoring Plus for this award. Not only do Quartet administer a number of different funds of which we’ve been a recipient, but their team (especially Philanthropy Executive Claire Wynne-Hughes) has built deep knowledge of our young people, their needs and our programmes to help them. Huge thanks from us all.

“Thanks also to Moss Bros of Bath who have stepped in to offer a Palace-ready outfit for Bradley, whose wardrobe doesn’t normally have these demands on it. And to make Brad’s day extra special, Simon asked GWR to upgrade his train ticket to first class, which they have very generously done – we’re so grateful.”