A GROUP in Barnsley won the King’s Award – the highest honour available to those in the voluntary sector.

Town centre-based H.O.P.E (Helping Others Positively Engaged) was one of 262 charities, youth groups and organisations across the UK that was honoured with the country’s first King’s Award.

To support the community, they run cooking courses and provide social and toddler groups.

H.O.P.E was founded in 2017 and won Charity of the Year in 2021 at the Proud of Barnsley awards for the work it did during Covid.

The voluntary group will receive an audience from South Yorkshire Lord-Lieutenant Professor Dame Hilary Chapman and a crystal trophy in the near future.

Representatives will also be invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace in June 2024.

Founder, Peter Robertshaw, said: “The staff was very proud to hear the news.

“It is very exciting that the organisation and the volunteers’ work has been recognised.

“I want thank all volunteers who worked really hard for Barnsley.

“It is their award because without their hard work, dedication, time and effort, we would not have received this honour.”