Charities receive top voluntary awards from King Charles

The Holocaust Centre North and Hatzola North London are two of 262 charities to be honoured with the King’s Award for Voluntary Service


Two Jewish charities have received the highest award given to local voluntary groups in the UK.

The Holocaust Centre North and Hatzola North London are two of 262 charities to have received the King’s Award for Voluntary Service, or KAVS, which is the equivalent to an MBE.

Holocaust Centre North has been recognised for its Huddersfield-based work. Volunteers share their stories of the Holocaust and how they created new lives in the north of England.

Martin Kapel BEM, 93, came to the UK as a child refugee on the Kindertransport and speaks to school pupils about his life.

Kapel said: “Receiving the King’s Award for Voluntary Service for our organisation is a profound honour that validates the efforts of every volunteer.

“It’s a tribute to the spirit of service over self, and to me personally, it’s an affirmation that every small act of kindness contributes to a legacy of change.”

Kapel said that he and other Holocaust survivors had been drawn to volunteering at Holocaust Centre North “because we believe that by sharing our stories of persecution, the world can grow more compassionate. This award is a celebration of community strength.”

In the southeast region, Hatzola North London has also been honoured with the King’s Award.

Established in 1979, Hatzola delivers pre-hospital emergency medical response and transportation. Entirely volunteer-led, the organisation is often the first to respond in critical situations.

Gavriel Schleider, trustee of Hatzola, said: “We are deeply honoured to have been awarded the King’s Award for Voluntary Service. This prestigious award and incredible recognition are a true testament to the dedication, commitment and service of our remarkable volunteers, underscoring their exceptional service and impact on the community.

Schleider added that beyond emergency response, “Hatzola is instrumental in preventive work, educating and training the community. Hatzola has not only saved lives but also empowered individuals with essential life-saving skills and preventive awareness campaigns.”

Members of the public can nominate local groups for the prestigious award.

Motty Pinter, who nominated Hatzola, said: “Their dedication to providing life-saving medical support, especially during critical times, is truly admirable. Hatzola’s commitment to serving the community, irrespective of background, is exemplary.”

The charities will receive their award crystal and certificate from the King’s representatives in their respective lieutenancies. They will also be invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace next summer.

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