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Local charity to receive royal award

A Wakefield based children’s burns charity has won a prestigious royal award.

MY Burns Club, run by burns hospital play specialist Tracy Foster (BEM), is to receive a Duke of York Community Initiative (DOYCI) Award at a ceremony hosted by HRH The Duke of York in April.

For Tracy and the MY Burns Club the ceremony will be the beginning of their DOYCI experience. In addition to the kudos that being able to display the distinctive logo adds to an organisation’s profile, every October the Initiative organises an Award Holder’s Conference at which delegates are not only encouraged and coached by leading experts from the Third Sector but are also introduced to its own in-house grant scheme.

When commenting on the award Tracy said: “To receive royal recognition for our charity is a real honour. It’s testament to the hard work every single person puts in to supporting the children. We will make great use of the opportunities available to us through this award to further enhance the support we can give to those in the local community affected by burn injuries.”

The MY Burns Club runs a range of activities for burn injured children, including camps and day activities, as well as participating in the family weekends run by the Children’s Burns Trust.

Throughout the year they run ‘buddy’ events, where a child who may be struggling is introduced to another child in their area who can mentor and help them. The club also runs ad-hoc trips and days out with the support of the Katie Piper Foundation.

All of this is paid for through the club’s own fundraising efforts, which sees up to £30,000 raised each year.