Mr Robert Young of Matlock Hospitals League of Friends has been awarded the Order of Mercy, a prestigious medal, for his wonderful voluntary service over many years in the community. The awards ceremony took place at The Mansion House, in the City of London today, in the presence of The Lady Mayoress of London and the Sheriff of the City, and many other distinguished guests.

The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield, President of the League of Mercy said “Mr Robert Young has done extraordinary work for the welfare of others. He is a marvellous example of someone who has given wonderful service to his community and we were delighted to be able, on the recommendation of the charity, to make this well deserved award.”

The League of Mercy originally created in 1899 for the encouragement and recognition of voluntary work in hospitals and the community, was refounded as a registered charity in 1999 and now continues the work of the original founder, the then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

Pictured are Diana Dakin (Chair), Robert Young (Vice-Chair) and Pam Wildgoose (Secretary), at the London ceremony on 13th June 2012.