BF Adventure recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service!

A voluntary group from BF Adventure a Charity who works in the community to help disadvantaged and disabled adults and children through outdoor adventure has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Every year BF Adventure helps hundreds of disadvantaged and disabled children and adults in Cornwall to believe in themselves and gain the skills and accreditations to succeed at school or to find employment

Adrian Richards CEO and Nicola Edwards Volunteer Coordinator from BF Adventure attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 28th May 2015 where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

BF Adventure will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho, later this summer.


The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that
we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”

Adrian Richards CEO BF Adventure, said:

“It was a privilege to meet the queen at Buckingham Palace and it is a huge honour for the charity to receive this award. The staff and volunteers work incredibly hard for the Charity and to be recognised for their efforts is fantastic. Our aim: “Inspiring, challenging and motivating people, especially young people, to develop their life skills to bring about positive change” is only achieved because of the hard work and dedication from the volunteers, staff and entire team. If anyone would like to be a volunteer at BF Adventure please call 01326 340912 or email”

Nicola Edwards Volunteer Coordinator, said:

“I’d like to specifically thank our amazing team of volunteers at BF Adventure, both past and present. Volunteering at BF Adventure is not for the fainthearted and while it can be fun and rewarding at the same time, the commitment and support our volunteers give us is like gold dust. We couldn’t operate without them. Thank you BF Adventure Volunteers!

We are currently recruiting volunteers in all areas – specifically drivers for the month of July and ongoing if desired (one day a week or more – times to be arranged). If you have D1 on your driving licence, a MIDAS qualification or any other bus driving qualification please contact me at or call 01326 340912”

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