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Our inspirational volunteers celebrate crowning achievement

Posted on 12/12/2012

Two Action on Hearing Loss volunteers from Northern Ireland with HRH Prince Phillip.

The immense contribution by our volunteers is being officially recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012, a special one-off honour commemorating Her Majesty’s sixty-year reign. The award, which recognises voluntary groups operating across the UK was announced by the Cabinet Office and Buckingham Palace this morning (Wednesday 12 December 12).

The award recognises the inspirational work of our 1,400 volunteers who give their time and skills to undertake a rewarding roles such as supporting people adjusting to life wearing a NHS hearing aid at the charity’s pioneering Hear to Help projects, befriending people isolated by hearing loss, fundraising, campaigning and providing vital information about equipment and services which make everyday life easier for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

From Garrison, County Fermanagh across to Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire and from Aberdeen down to St Austell, the charity’s dedicated team of volunteers has given 150,550 hours of support to more than 63,000 people with hearing loss in the last year alone.

In the weeks ahead, the charity will receive a certificate, signed by HM The Queen, and an unique British Crystal diamond shaped trophy inscribed with a 3D Diamond Jubilee logo.

Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss, Paul Breckell: “Hearing loss can be very challenging and isolating so we’re delighted that our amazing volunteers across the UK, who generously give their time and skills to provide life-changing support, are being recognised with this tremendous honour.”

For information about volunteering opportunities for Action on Hearing Loss, e-mail:

Contact for general media enquiries:

Alan Dalziel, Senior PR Officer at Action on Hearing Loss, telephone: 020 7296 8388 or email:

Notes for editors:

  1. High resolution jpegs of Action on Hearing Loss volunteers are available.
  2. Action on Hearing Loss Northern Ireland’s hearing aid volunteers received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service – equivalent status to a MBE and the highest honour bestowed on voluntary groups in the UK – in summer 2009.
  3. Action on Hearing Loss is the UK’s largest charity taking action on hearing loss. We want a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit or label people – and where people value their hearing enough to look after it.
  4. For further information about Action on Hearing Loss or to become a member, visit contact the Action on Hearing Loss Information Line on 0808 808 0123 (freephone) or 0808 808 9000 (textphone) or email
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