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Bereavement group in Northwood honoured by the Queen on Sunday
MEMBERS of a support group which offers a listening ear to grieving people in Northwood were honoured by the Queen on Sunday (4).
The Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) Bereavement Group won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups, for providing an outstanding service over the past 17 years, both within and beyond the Jewish community.
The award was presented to the group, based at the Synagogue in Oaklands Gate, Northwood, by the Queen's representative, Wing Commander Ed Partridge, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.
She was joined by Minister for Civil Society and MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, Nick Hurd, and the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor David Yarrow.
The group is only organisation in Hillingdon, and one of just a a handful in London, to win the award this year.
Upon receiving the award, group leader, Richard Conradi, said: "It is hugely rewarding to be recognised in this way.
"I know it's a clichÃÂ© but much of the work is its own reward. Being able to make even a small difference to people at the most difficult moments in their lives - that's what our community is all about."
Senior Rabbi at the synagogue, Aaron Goldstein, added: "Our community seeks to provide support to its members and their families from cradle to grave.
"Almost everything we do is led by people who give them time freely and without thought of reward.
"While we do what we can to acknowledge the work of these volunteers, it makes a world of difference to receive such external recognition, especially from the Queen."
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