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Louie’s Helping Hands receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Queens award

Louie’s Helping Hands, a group of 4 volunteers based in Birchington, Kent. Have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.


Louie’s Helping Hands is the charity behind The Llewellyn School at Quex Park, Birchington.


The Llewellyn School Big Build Project was launched August 2018.


The Llewellyn School at Quex park opened 4th September 2019.






15 children now attend The Llewellyn School at Quex Park.

Sara Llewellyn – Tania Horn – Debbie Chapman – Angela Curwen


Originally set up to support Sara’s son Louie, a way of fundraising much needed funds to provide equipment the dream and vision to support more children in our community was quickly developed.

“As you know, we dreamed BIG! We still remember the early conversations of “Let’s Build a School” and even as we say this out loud we still smile at how silly that sounds, But yet here we are a beautiful school in the most beautiful grounds filled with love and making a difference to all the children and families we support”

Louie’s Helping Hands is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year,
showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully
diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including an inclusive tennis club in Lincolnshire; a children’s bereavement charity in London; a support group those
living with dementia and their carers in North Yorkshire; a volunteer minibus service in Cumbria; a group supporting young people in Belfast; a community radio station in
Inverness and a mountain rescue team in Powys.

Queens award


Representatives of Louie’s Helping Hands will receive the awar

d crystal and certificate from Lady Annabel Colgrain, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent later this summer. Furthermore two volunteers from Louie’s Helping Hands will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022 (depending on restrictions at the time), along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

“This is a tremendous achievement which also coincides with our 5th year anniversary, what has been achieved in that time is truly incredible and we feel so lucky that we have had so much love and support from our local community. We are extremely proud that we have ensured that all The Llewellyn School children continue to benefit directly from the charity by having weekly additional therapies, new resources and equipment.

In 2020 we started fundraising for our next project, The Llewellyn playground appeal and we are delighted to share the news that works have started this week and our aim is to have the playground completed by the end of summer 2021. A heartfelt thankyou to everybody who has been a part of our journey. We are excited for the future”


  1. Lord-Lieutenants represent the monarch in each of the UK’s ceremonial counties.
    2. This year there were 241 recipients of The Queen’s Award Voluntary Service
    from across the UK and Channel Islands.
    2. More information on the recipients and the Award can be found at
    3. Full details on how to nominate are available at https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/.
    4. Nominations for the 2022 awards close on 15 September 2021.








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