At a time when volunteers have been needed more than ever and have quite literally saved lives, Milton Keynes has honoured its volunteers who have worked not just in the last few weeks but for decades.

Kicking off Volunteers’ Week, The Mayor of Milton Keynes Cllr Andrew Geary unveiled a new Pillar at the Milton Keynes Rose to mark the annual week. The Pillar inscribed with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi says “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

The Milton Keynes Rose, designed for the City by Artist Gordon Young, has pillars to mark and commemorate many occasions both happy and sad throughout the year. In his speech the Mayor said “Volunteers have never been more needed; they underpin our society, in these unprecedented times there is no more appropriate time to be unveiling a Pillar to celebrate volunteers and at the beginning of Volunteers’ Week”

The Mayor was joined by Community Action MK’s Chair of Trustees Danny Conway who said “We are very proud that the City has recognised the importance of volunteering”

In a short film released for Volunteers’ Week Sir Henry Aubrey- Fletcher, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire has thanked and praised Volunteers for all they do.

Clare Walton Chief Executive of Community Action MK worked with the Milton Keynes Rose Project Team said “the role of volunteers has been vital, and what it has also highlighted is the importance of ensuring voluntary activity is valued and supported by all City Partners now and into the future”.

Milton Keynes Community Foundation are proud to have supported the development of the new pillars at Milton Keynes Rose, recognising the extremely important and invaluable resource of volunteers who dedicate their time to supporting our local community.

The unveiling comes in a week where a number of MK’s Voluntary Organisations have been awarded a Queens Awards for Voluntary Service. Bosom Pals is a support group for people with Breast Cancer, run entirely by patient volunteers. President Jaff Newton said

“Bosom Pals MK are thrilled to receive a prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service this year.  We are so pleased to have been recognised and that we have been able to make a difference for the people in Milton Keynes.”

Picture – Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Andrew Geary and Chair of Community Action:MK Danny Conway