Volunteer honoured by the Queen

MVSC?s Peggy Duke receives MBE in New Year?s honours

The Mayor of Merton and Merton Council would like to congratulate long time Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC) helper, Peggy Duke, after she was awarded an MBE in the Queen?s New Year?s honours.

Peggy has been a volunteer with MVSC for the last 15 years and has worked at least two shifts every week in that time.

Peggy has helped many organisations and individuals in her time at the MVSC including the Hard of Hearing Group, HARP, a group that helps elderly and housebound people with their NHS hearing aids and the Hard of Hearing resource Centre in Morden.

When Peggy first started working for MVSC, the organisation was just starting out and she helped to set up many of the administrative and information systems that still operate today.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Stuart Pickover, said: ?This is fantastic news and I am really happy for Peggy. It is nice when someone?s hard work over such a long period of time is recognised and it?s even better when it is recognised by the Queen in Her New Year?s honours.

?On behalf of the council and the borough I would like to say a really big well done to Peggy.?

MVSC Director, Chris Frost, said: ?The enormous amount of voluntary work Peggy does in the local community has improved the lives of hundreds of people and we are all delighted that it has been recognised in this way.?

Peggy Duke will receive her award from Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace on 20 February.