Ray Harrington-Vail, of the Footprint Trust, left, receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from Island’s Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White. Picture by Robin Crossley.
A £500,000 appeal has been launched by an Island charity, which received prestigious national recognition on Thursday.
The Footprint Trust, whose work includes promoting sustainable living and helping Islanders to reduce their fuel bills, was presented with the Queen’s Award for Volunteer-ing.
To mark the award, presented by IW Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White at a ceremony at the Riverside Centre, the charity has launched a £500,000 appeal to fund its work for the next five years.
Footprint Trust chairman Carole Walker said: "We are honoured and delighted at this award. It will assist us in promoting our work and help us to gain more help for the Island.
"We are very grateful to Her Majesty for this award and for the encouragement and support we have received."
The charity helped establish the now independent IW Green Gym, and is also behind schemes, such as Warmahome, Sustainable Schools and Adopt-a-Garden.
Trustee Colin Withers said: "The trust has been working for the past 11 years to improve the Island’s environment and to help local people.
"The trust is recognised for its excellent work in helping those in greatest financial need, to obtain energy-efficient heating systems, insulation and other assistance.
"Since its launch in 2002, it has assisted and helped more than 15,000 people, and we wish to continue our work and build on this success."
IW Council chairman Cllr Ian Ward said: "This award is highly deserved and I offer my congratulations to all the team and volunteers."
The trust has appealed to charitable trusts, parish councils, businesses and individuals to support its work.
Donations can be made on the website www.footprint-trust.co.uk or by post to its offices at the Riverside Centre, Newport Quay, IW, PO30 2QR. For more information, call the trust on 822282.