BREAKING NEWS: DOLPHIN RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE
DORSET CHARITY WINS QUEEN’S AWARD
The Dorset Charity The Friends of Dolphin has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is known as the MBE for charities.
The Poole-based charity runs the boat Dolphin III, which takes people with disabilities for trips around Poole Harbour. Since the charity was founded in 1979, more than 45,000 people have enjoyed trips. No charge is made, as the charity relies entirely on donations. Dolphin III takes people with a wide range of disabilities including children, elderly people and people with visual and physical impairments. Whilst most of the passengers are from Dorset and Hampshire, they have included people from Scotland, the Midlands and the West Country
The Charity’s chairman, Ray Kipling, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised in this way. It’s a reflection of many years of hard work by hundreds of volunteers who have brought happiness to all our passengers. ”
However, he added ”Last year we had to buy new engines for Dolphin, which put a dent in our finances, so we are looking for more help with fundraising. Our biggest regular costs are fuel and maintenance, as everybody in the Charity is a volunteer so there are no staff costs or overheads”.
The Friends of Dolphin was started by Parkstone Rotary Club in 1979, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Rotary International in 1980. It became a separate Charity in 1982. In 2016, Parkstone Rotary President Janet Coy nominated The Friends of Dolphin for The Queen ‘s Award for Voluntary Service.