A MORAY charity which supports homeless people who are moving into a new tenancy has received a royal award.
Moray Fresh Start has been given a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Grenville Johnston, the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, presented the honour to volunteers at a ceremony in Elgin.
Moray Fresh Start was launched nearly five years ago by a collaboration of local churches to provide household starter packs for people moving into a new home.
Last year it supported around 200 people who had been affected by homelessness and were getting back on their feet with a new property.
The packs include items such as kettles, toasters, cutlery, crockery, cleaning products and bed linen.
The charity relies on donations of houshold items and cash donations for electrical items it has to buy from new.
Founding member Marjorie Lawrie said of the Queen’s Award: "This is just so special. It’s a bit of a dream to get something for work that has been so much pleasure all the way along."
And current chair Catherine Green paid tribute to the "vision, inspiration and dedication" of all the volunteers over the last five years.
For the full story and more pictures from the ceremony see ‘The Northern Scot’ print version on Friday.