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Princess Royal recognises selfless volunteers on visit to county

Some of the county's most selfless volunteers have been getting royal recognition – first hand.

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The Princess Royal visited the county today – stopping off at Much Wenlock's Cavalier Centre, where she learned about what the venue does to support horse riding opportunities for the disabled.

The visit also included a chance to present eight Shropshire voluntary groups with the 'Kings Award for Voluntary Service' – and talk to them about their work.

Princess Anne presented the King's Award for Voluntary Service to Dr Malcolm Bennett on behalf of Church Aston & Chetwynd Village Hall.

The recipients have all been recognised for their selfless dedication to improving their communities, and the lives of others.

They included Ludlow cancer Support Group, Church and Chetwynd Aston Village Hall, Clun Valley Good Neighbours, Shropshire Child Contact Centres, South Shropshire Engineering Ambassadors, Telford Crisis Support, Telford & Wrekin Home-Start, and the Cavalier Centre itself.

Howard Goslyn, one of the founder members of Ludlow Cancer Support Group, which was set up ten years ago, said it had been an honour for the members to receive the award directly from the Princess Royal.

He said: "It was wonderful for our group because we actually didn't set it up with any idea of going for any awards whatsoever, we set it up to look after and look out for cancer sufferers and their carers – and to help husbands and wives who are left behind."

The group meets twice a month at The Parish Centre in Ludlow, and Mr Goslyn, 82, said the members had been hugely proud at their royal recognition.

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