Enthusiasm Receive Highest Possible Award

12:42 pm

The Enthusiasm team with HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr. William Tucker, the High Sheriff and deputy Mayor.

Yesterday, we were humbled and incredibly proud to be presented with the nation’s highest possible award for our work helping vulnerable young people for the last 25 years.

The Enthusiasm Trust – meaning us, our volunteers, our mentors, our supporters; everyone who has helped us become what we are – received the Queens Award for Voluntary Services from Mr William Tucker, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, during a ceremony at the Marble Hall in Osmaston.

We were amazed to learn we are the only voluntary organisation in Derbyshire to receive the annual award this year, and one of only 18 in the past 10 years.

Enthusiasm founder, Joe Russo, who set up the charity 25 years ago, said: “Since 1992 we have worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“We work with them to grow self-esteem, raise their aspirations and help to divert them from a life of crime and away from gang culture.

“To be chosen as the recipient of the Queen’s Award means so much to everybody at The Enthusiasm Trust.”

Mr Tucker, who presented the award said: “I present this award to Enthusiasm Trust, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and the people of Derby, for the incredible work they are doing.

“There are literally thousands of charities in Derbyshire, doing great work. But only 18 in the last ten years have received the Queen’s Award. This really is an incredible achievement, and in terms of awards it doesn’t get better than this.

“This is the equivalent of an MBE for a voluntary organisation. Enthusiasm richly deserve this recognition.