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Local radio station awarded for voluntary service by HM The King

A local community radio station has been given an award by The King for their voluntary services.

103 The Eye, who recently celebrated their 18th year on air, has been awarded the King’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour given to local volunteer groups.

The award is a recognition of their outstanding community service and is equivalent to an MBE.

The awards were announced today, November 14, the King's 75th birthday, and 103 The Eye is one of 262 of the UK's most inspiring volunteer-led groups who are the first recipients.


Formerly known as The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the annual honour was established in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. It was announced in February 2023 that King Charles III was keen for this to continue as The King’s Award.

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said: “Each year, millions of volunteers give up their time to provide care and support. This award recognises those truly making a difference to the lives of others across the United Kingdom. 

“It’s brilliant to see the King continue the legacy of Her Late Majesty and reward those who support their local communities with kindness and compassion. Congratulations to all those who have been awarded.”

103 The Eye broadcasts across Metlon Mowbray & The Vale of Belvoir. Photo: NEMM

Managing Director of 103 The Eye, Christine Slomkowska said: "We are delighted that our team's dedicated work has been recognised in this way. We are all volunteers who work tirelessly to keep 103 The Eye on the air for the good of the community.

"It isn't easy to keep a community radio station running in these challenging times. We'd like to thank everyone who supports 103 The Eye, from volunteers and advertisers / sponsors to listeners, the transmission site owners, and others who help in many different ways.

Executive Director Patrick McCracken added: “The station has had a very positive impact during the 18 years it has been on the air. Some of our past presenters who learnt broadcasting here have gone on to employment in the media and 103 The Eye has changed people's lives.

“It's important to have a local radio service these days when many of the big stations are merging their programming. We look forward to continuing our work and we have some exciting plans for the future."

The award will be presented to a group of representatives from 103 The Eye by Leicestershire's Lord Lieutenant Mike Kapur at a local ceremony on a date to be arranged.

Two members of the station will be invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace next summer.

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