A UCLan Honorary Fellow known for his volunteer work has attended the final 2022 Queen’s Garden Party.Advertisement
Russell Hogarth was invited for his role as the Chair of the UCLan Creative Communities Group (CCG), a collective of more than 400 members who work with local partners on community projects.
He also received recognition for work with the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW) and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).
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Russell said: “It was both an honour and a privilege to be invited to this year’s Royal Garden Party, especially in Her Majesty’s Jubilee Year, and greeted by members of the Royal Family.
“I was particularly impressed by how much time William and Kate spent speaking to the visitors who lined the walk to the Royal Tea Tent.
“The Palace gardens and grounds were splendid in the May sunshine, and we enjoyed tea, sandwiches, and cake whilst a military band played throughout the event.
“It was delightful to spend the afternoon in the company of some amazing people who have dedicated their time to supporting good causes in the community.”
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Russell, who also aids UCLan students as a Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise Entrepreneur in Residence, is the CEO of the NFHW.
The role helps organise the university’s annual Health Mela for the local community to have a free health check.
The Queen’s Garden Parties recognise and reward public service.
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Traditionally, the Queen hosts three Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace and one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland.
Russell went to the special event at Buckingham Palace with his wife, Dianne.
It was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Beatrice.
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Russell has supported UCLan since 2008, becoming an Honorary Fellow in 2012 in recognition of his community and voluntary work, with an emphasis on mental health. He has been a community ambassador for UCLan since 2013.
Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, chairman of the NFHW and Honorary Professor at UCLan, congratulated him.
He said: “It’s wonderful news that Russell’s community work has been recognised.
“Russell is a true community leader who helps give a voice to people who don’t often have a voice. He has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and signpost people to support and services.
“Russell is a philanthropist, and his colleagues recognise his contribution to our society and the positive difference he has made to the local community.”
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His work with the CCG includes organising UCLan’s annual One Billion Rising global event to raise awareness of violence against women and children.
He also organised the Jo Cox Great Get Together event at UCLan and arranged the university’s first-ever knife crime conference.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, said: “Russell is definitely a role model for both UCLan and the Creative Communities Group.
“The CCG, under Russell’s leadership, has achieved tremendous success and is now recognised both nationally and internationally as a model of best practice in lifelong learning and active citizenship.”
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