A CHARITY aimed at assisting elderly people, which has a base in Malpas, has received the highest award possible for their volunteering work.

Older People Active Lives (OPAL) has received a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, highlight the good work undertaken since being established in 2011.

The award was presented virtually by David Briggs, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, during the charity's recent annual general meeting (AGM).

At the meeting, Mr Briggs congratulated all the volunteers for their hard work and 'outstanding dedication' to assisting older people in rural west Cheshire, and their carers.

“You are truly stars," said Mr Briggs. "OPAL is a special charity and you are spreaders of happiness.

"This is the highest award a group of volunteers can be given – the equivalent of an MBE.

"Of some 4,000 charities across Cheshire, OPAL were just one of four who received this award, making you truly one in a 1000.

"Congratulations to you all."

Chairman of trustees for OPAL, Jane Colville, dedicated the award to every volunteer.

"[The award] is for every single volunteer who helps make OPAL work," she said. "From volunteer drivers to cooks, club helpers to technology solvers and everyone else giving their time to help.

"You have all been awarded this incredible award to recognise the amazing and selfless contribution you make to the OPAL community.”