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South Shields charity Cancer Connections wins top award

Deborah Roberts of Cancer Connections at Buckingham Palace.
Deborah Roberts of Cancer Connections at Buckingham Palace.

A group which supports people diagnosed with cancer and their families has been honoured with a prestigious award.

Cancer Connections in Harton Lane, South Shields, has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest recognition a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Cancer Connections co-founder Reg Hall at Buckingham Palace, where the charity received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Cancer Connections co-founder Reg Hall at Buckingham Palace, where the charity received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Co-founders Reg Hall and Deborah Roberts travelled to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and other winners of this year’s award, which will be presented at a later date by the Lord Lieutenant.

Cancer Connections provides help and support to people diagnosed with cancer and their families including benefits advice, counselling and therapies.

The charity is holding a 24-hour relay event at the Bents Park starting on June 13.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Faith, Hope and Love event can call 0191 456 5081.