A Service to Celebrate the Power of Volunteering concludes National Volunteering Week at Derby Cathedral.

Written on 11/06/2024

On Sunday 9 July Derby Cathedral held a special service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Voluntary and Community Sector, to Celebrate the Power of Volunteering and to commemorate those who give up their time to volunteer within the local communities of Derbyshire and Derby.

The service was held by Derbyshire Lieutenancy and the Dean of Derby in partnership with Rural Action Derbyshire, Community Action Derby, and Foundation Derbyshire.

A year after the Coronation of King Charles III, at the end of National Volunteers Week and during the Big Help Out weekend, the service was attended by volunteers and groups across the sector, some of whom shared their experience of volunteering through reflection and prayer.

The service was led by the Very Revd Dr Peter Robinson, Dean of Derby, with a blessing given by The Bishop of Repton, the Right Revd Malcolm Macnaughton. Derby Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir and the Crescendo Community Choir helped to lead the service.

During the service Colonel John Wilson, Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the Country of Derbyshire delivered a message from His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Elizabeth Fothergill CBE.

He read:

‘The organisations represented here today are fundamental …., they are the glue which improves our society’s stability; meeting human needs and upholding rights; enriching lives; protecting the environment; enabling others to flourish, to succeed and to achieve their potential.

I am often in awe of the work of volunteers, there is so much to honour and applaud. I see many examples of motivated, passionate people who show overwhelming selfless commitment and dedicated service to others; and I see the difference they make.’

The service will become an annual event marking the anniversary of the Coronation, National Volunteers and the Big Help Out.

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