South Shields homeless charity handed prestigious award

Amelia Luffrum, right, on a previous open day at the charitys foodbank.
Amelia Luffrum, right, on a previous open day at the charitys foodbank.

Volunteers who help to support some of the most vulnerable people in South Tyneside have earned a major honour.

The charity Hospitality and Hope, which is based at the former Hampden Street Day Centre in South Shields, has been named as a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This is absolutely wonderful news and a great honour for the dedicated volunteers

Pauline Tinnelly

The award is the highest honour which can be given to volunteers, and is the equivalent of an MBE.

Pauline Tinnelly, a trustee of Hospitality and Hope, said: “This is absolutely wonderful news and a great honour for the dedicated volunteers, who give their time to help provide the charity’s services of soup kitchen, food and clothes bank to support homeless and vulnerable people in South Tyneside.”

Hospitality and Hope was founded by Amelia Luffrum in 2002, and is just the fifth charitable organisation in South Tyneside to have received the Queen’s Award.

Amelia was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for services to homeless and deprived people in South Tyneside. The charity has now paid tribute to its volunteers after being handed the Queen’s Award.

A statement said: “The charity enjoys wonderful support throughout the community and beyond and we are so grateful to everyone who has helped in whatever way during the past 15 years. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the charity and we hope that they will feel immensely proud of the recognition that this award represents. It is a tremendous achievement for the charity.”

Charities have been recognised by the honour since its inception in 2002, to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.