Queen’s honour for Indigo Kids

Sarah Seaton, right, chairman of Indigo Autism Services pictured with her staff, from left, Lorraine Rowland, Julie Haslam, Dawn MacCarthy and Lyndsey Thompson in their coffee shop which is open to the public, along with the charity shop, on Tuesday's and Wednesday's from 10 til 1 in the old Beardall Street School.

Sarah Seaton, right, chairman of Indigo Autism Services pictured with her staff, from left, Lorraine Rowland, Julie Haslam, Dawn MacCarthy and Lyndsey Thompson in their coffee shop which is open to the public, along with the charity shop, on Tuesday's and Wednesday's from 10 til 1 in the old Beardall Street School.

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A Hucknall charity which helps families cope with autism has been given an award by the Queen.

Indigo Kids has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service – the highest prize a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The charity, which opened in Hucknall in 2010 and is based at Old Beardall Street School, is run by the parents of children with autism and supports families in a similar situation.

Founder Sarah Seaton said: “It is a lovely recognition for all the hard work that our volunteers put in. They are all parents of children with autism - but they still come in and give up their free time.

“They provide a brilliant support network for other parents.”

The award, which was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, recognises organisations which do great work in their local communities.

Mum-of-five Sarah founded the charity when her son Luke, who has autism, was aged ten.

Sarah, her daughter Jessica and the kid’s club manager Emma Hutchinson, were invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace two weeks ago to meet The Queen.

The charity will also receive a certificate signed by Her Majesty and a domed glass crystal from the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire at a special event at County Hall on 3rd July.

Committee chairman Martyn Lewis said: “The judging panel for this year’s awards was 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.”