The annual awards, this year timed to coincide with National Volunteering Week, were attended by nominees from across GMP's voluntary sector, and distinguished guests including The Lord Lieutenant (as the Queen's representative), The High Sheriff, The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, our Chief Constable, and a number of high profile sponsors.
Members of the GMP sax quartet, who were also performing at the event, were invited to accept the award on behalf of GMP band. They were presented with their certificate by CC Ian Hopkins and Adrian Bloor from Police Mutual - one of the event sponsors (pictured).
Barry Frost, Band Manager said:
"The sax quartet were very happy to accept this award on behalf of the band volunteers. It's wonderful to be recognised by the wider GMP family and an honour to be nominated, never mind win! All the nominees were worthy winners so it was a surprise when our name was announced. It was great to be part of the event."
The band were recognised for their combined contributions, which include over 10,000 hours volunteered annually and performing to over 60,000 people every year. When you include huge events such as Manchester Pride and the Manchester Day Parade, this number rockets to over a million people!
The band have also helped to raise over £260,000 for charity through their performances.
Read more about the awards, including the winners of other categories, on the GMP website