TWO charities and a business have been presented with The Queen’s Award for their work on the Isle of Wight.

All three — the voluntary groups Friends of Freshwater Library (FoFL) and the Alzheimer's Cafe Isle of Wight, as well as eco clothing company Rapanui, and its Teemill production facility — were this week presented with their awards by the Island's Lord Lieutenant, Susie Sheldon.

For the charities, it is the highest award a volunteer group can receive in the UK, while Rapanui, based in Freshwater, has been honoured for its innovation.

The Queen’s Award was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

In total, 281 charities nationally received the honour this year.

FoFL, founded in 2012 with the aim of keeping the library open, has become a thriving community group committed to the preservation and development of the library through fundraising, events and day-to-day support of the library service.

The Alzheimer's Cafe Isle of Wight hosts eight cafes across the Island — three in Newport, and in Ryde, Totland, Ventnor, Sandown and Cowes.

Rapanui received the award for its Teemill project, an online platform which enables people to design and sell their own t-shirts using the company's resources and production facilities. The t-shirts are designed to be remade, cutting down on waste.

FoFL chair Ann Fraser said: "We are thrilled and honoured to receive this prestigious award, which pays tribute to the hard work, commitment and support of our committee, dedicated volunteers, FoFL members and the West Wight community."

Maggie Bennett, the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Cafe Isle of Wight, added: "I'm absolutely delighted we have been recognised. This is a special tribute to the hard work and commitment of all our volunteers."

Martin Drake-Knight, co-founder of Rapanui and Teemill Tech, said: "Slowing down fast fashion won't fix it, but when we took material people normally throw away at the end and make new products from it at the start, it changed everything."