Coningsby and Tattershall Helping Hands has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The award was presented at the United Methodist Church in Coningsby on Sunday, September 22.
This is the first time the award, which is the equivalent of an MBE, has been presented to an organisation in East Lindsey.
Guests, committee members and councillors were welcomed to the Church by Coun Betty Harvey OBE.
Betty described Helping Hands as a “wonderful organisation” which offers a tremendous amount of help and support to people in both villages.
The award was presented on behalf of the Queen by Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mr Tony Worth.
It was received by the Chairman, Mrs Debbie Ward, and Mr Don Scarborough, a founding member of Helping Hands in 1977.
The group was established when Don organised a Silver Jubilee street party to raise funds to buy an electric wheelchair for Bill Richardson.
Money left over after buying the wheelchair was used to help somebody else, establishing a pattern which has carried on ever since.
Helping Hands has been an official charity for 34 years and raises money to enable local residents to borrow medical equipment.
The group has also organised a voluntary car service to help those who are unable to drive attend hospital appointments.
Reverend Canon John Moore returned to Coningsby for the occasion, congratulating Helping Hands on their success, saying that the award acknowledges the fact that we all need each other,
“It is amazing what communities working together can achieve,” he said.