SHEER hard work and dedication led to the Isle of Wight MS Society receiving a prestigious award.

The group was presented with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service from the Isle of Wight Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon, and Dr Nick England.

The award is for the work provided by the society in providing emotional, financial, and wellbeing support to those affected by Multiple Sclerosis on the Island.

The award was presented at the society's shop in Shanklin.

Group co-ordinator, Paul Brading, said: “We are truly honoured to have received this prestigious award, recognising the range of support we offer to Islanders, from our unique free alternative therapy voucher scheme, the availability of health and wellbeing grants, to the numerous social and information events we organise.

"Funds are raised primarily through our shop in Regent Street, Shanklin, and all the money we raise is spent on the Island.

“What we provide on the Island is unique and is applauded by the MS Society nationally.”

Finance volunteer Susan Smith said: “This award is well deserved by our shop manager and wonderful team of over 30 volunteers both in the shop and coordinating group.

"They thoroughly deserve this acknowledgement of their efforts in supporting our local MS community.

"We firmly believe that building a friendship network can really help people when they most need it and prevents isolation.”