Thurlby’s Diamond champion visiting the palace

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The man who set up an employment charity helping people get back to work will meet with royalty this week after recently being recognised as a diamond champion.

Neville Hydes from Thurlby was one of three people from the area recently named as Diamond Champions - an award set up
to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

WRVS set up the scheme to reward the work of people who give up their time to help people.

Sixty people were chosen from thousands of nominations in the East Midlands and special pins were given out.

John Taylor, from South Witham, and Teresa Wright, from Colsterworth, were also at a ceremony this month.

Mr Hydes will be taking his wife to meet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall next week at The Palace of St. James in Westminster.

Over lunch he will have the opportunity to explain what he and his team of volunteers have been doing in Bourne the last three years.

Mr Hydes set up back-to-work charity Toolbar, which runs free sessions at the Bourne Snooker Centre in Cherryholt Road every Monday morning, three years ago and has retired from leading the group this week having seen it go from strength to strength.