A volunteer at Accord Hospice, William Archibald, has been awarded the Order of Mercy, a prestigious medal, for his service over many years to charities and non profit organisations in the United Kingdom and overseas.

The awards ceremony took place at The Mansion House, in the City of London, in the presence of HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, The Lady Mayoress of London (Locum Tenens) and many other distinguished guests.

David McFadden, ACCORD’s Fundraising and Communications Manager, said: “William (Bill) has been a great supporter of ACCORD, starting his volunteering journey with us in March 1997.

“In the most recent years Bill has been part of our small dedicated team of finance volunteers supporting us in dealing with money coming in through our shops and from fundraising events. Bill joins a number of our other volunteers including his wife Elma who we have nominated for this prestigious award. This is a fitting thank you from us all at ACCORD for the fantastic support he has given us over the years.”

The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield, President of the League of Mercy said “Mr Archibald has done extraordinary work for those most in need. He is a marvellous example of someone whose longstanding and voluntary dedication to the service and welfare of others is noteworthy and remarkable and we were delighted to be able to make this well deserved award to him.”

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 nationwide registered charity in 1999 and now continues the work of the original founder, the then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

For more information on the League of Mercy visit www.leagueofmercy.co.uk and for more information on Accord Hospice visit www.accordhospice.org.uk.