A Hatfield children's charity is celebrating after receiving the King's Award for Voluntary Service.

Potential Kids won the award for their work supporting neurodivergent children and young people, including those with autism, ADHD, tourettes, dyslexia, dyspraxia, or mental health challenges.

Created in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II, the King's Award is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, and is equivalent to an MBE.

"I am truly humbled that our efforts have been recognised with this prestigious award," said  Angela Gaughan, founder of Potential Kids.

"I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work and commitment of our volunteers. I would also like to extend my thanks to everyone involved who has supported us on our journey.

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Welwyn Hatfield Times: The charity is based at The Galleria.The charity is based at The Galleria. (Image: Potential Kids)

"We will continue to work hard to promote awareness and understanding of neurodiversity and help vulnerable and often marginalised young people, to access better life opportunities and suitable educational, social and employment settings."

Potential Kids is based at The Galleria, with centre director Tim Stirling keen to praise the charity's work, saying: "I would like to congratulate Potential Kids on this prestigious award, it’s so well deserved.

"We are delighted to have been able to support such an amazing charity’s work by providing them with a Hub to host their activities as well as a Community and Learning Garden at The Galleria. 

"It has been lovely to see how they have transformed the outdoor space into a safe, relaxing environment for children and their families to enjoy."

Welwyn Hatfield Times: The King's Award is the equivalent to an MBE.The King's Award is the equivalent to an MBE. (Image: Potential Kids)