Royal seal of approval for charity
A CHARITY was due to receive a prestigious award at a ceremony today.
Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society, in Newcastle, has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
Charity staff and volunteers were among guests invited to the ceremony at Newcastle Borough Council's civic offices this afternoon.
Society chairman Kevin Healey said: "This prestigious honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions across Britain. It is amazing news for the charity and comes just five years after we were founded. To get such recognition from the Queen is absolutely fantastic."
More than 100 groups from across the country were selected for the award in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.
Other local recipients included North Staffordshire Heart Committee and North Staffordshire Special Olympics.