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Cashbox Credit Union receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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14 Sep 18

Volunteers and staff members of Cashbox Credit Union attended a special event at Gorton Monastery, where they were presented their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). Chair of Cashbox, Frank Travis described the award as “a wonderful tribute to the time and effort put in for many years”.

The QAVS marks excellence of voluntary activities carried out in communities, and the contribution by Cashbox volunteers has not been ignored. The Tameside based credit union is regarded in its community as the fairest source of credit and last year saved its members £495,000 in interest charges when compared to doorstep lenders’ rates.

Back in June, Frank and Cashboxes’ longest serving volunteers, Phyllis Turner was invited to a garden party hosted by her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. However, three months on and Cashbox received a certificate signed by the Queen and a commemorative piece of crystal at the ceremony at Gorton Monastery.

Speaking back in June, Frank said: “The strength of Cashbox is the bond between many volunteers and a few paid staff – and we couldn’t do without either.

"We believe the assessors were impressed by meeting and hearing directly from some of our volunteers at the end of last year where their commitment and passion was demonstrated. I'd also acknowledge our gratitude to Councillor Yvonne Cartey who originally nominated us.”

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