Outstanding Volunteers Recognised For Exception Commitment To Abbeyfield

Six individuals have been honoured with a Royal Patron’s Award by The Abbeyfield Society.

The Royal Patron’s Awards are endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales and awarded every year to those who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to The Abbeyfield Society and its Member Societies.

This year, due to social distancing measures, the recipients of the Royal Patron’s Awards were announced publicly at The Abbeyfield Society’s AGM. Some have been presented locally to the recipients, whereas others are due to receive theirs later in the year.

Outgoing Abbeyfield Chairman Ian Plaistowe OBE said at the AGM: “I am delighted to recognise the winners of this year’s Royal Patron’s Awards. Each deserving recipient has made a distinctive contribution to the mission and work of Abbeyfield. We are grateful for the continued patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and for giving his endorsement to these Awards.”

The recipients are in three categories:

UK Volunteers

Jenny Beacon – The Abbeyfield Gloucestershire Society

Frank Musker – Abbeyfield House in Ulverston

Graham Walker – Abbeyfield Southern Oaks (ASO)

Staff members

Dimitri Kiriacoulacos – Abbeyfield Australia

Peter Martin – The Abbeyfield Kirkcaldy Society and Abbeyfield Societies in Scotland

International Volunteer

James Galloway – Abbeyfield Houses Society of Canada