Maundy Relief is the Accrington charity recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Maundy Relief has been providing an immediate response to poverty and need in Accrington since the charity was set up by 3 local residents in 1998.

The charity aims to be both a first port of call and a last resort for those in need. The services they offer are broad, ranging from free food and lunches 6 days a week, through to operating a counselling service, anger management, and advice with housing and accommodation.

Maundy Relief is a very deserving recipient for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The accolade is part of the national honours scheme and winners are invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace where they will have the opportunity to meet members of the Royal Family.

It’s the highest award given to charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups delivering exceptional service within their communities.

Delivering the award on behalf of Lord Shuttleworth was Tony Grimshaw OBE, company Director of Accrington based housewares manufacturer What More UK.

Mr Grimshaw OBE commented:

“It’s an honour to deliver this award on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant, Hyndburn, and all of Lancashire. Maundy Relief is a fantastic charity run by a heroic group of volunteers. These amazing people provide an invaluable service to the community and they are thoroughly deserving of national recognition.”

Lucy Hardwick, Maundy Relief Manager, said:

“This award means so much to us because it recognises our volunteers who have all worked so hard.”

“I want to thank everyone that’s helped or donated over the past, and all the other organisations like Clayton Park Bakery which has supplied so much free food for our foodbank.”

The foodbank has experienced very high demand recently and Maundy Relief organisers predict that there will be an even greater need in the run up to Christmas.

Patron of Maundy Relief, Actor Julie Hesmondhalgh commented:

“Our volunteers have worked incredibly hard over many years and especially during the health crisis. This award is a lovely boost just when it’s needed most.”

For more information about Maundy Relief including how to make a donation to the foodbank please visit