A LUDLOW charity has received a civic award for its contribution to the community.

Ludlow NCT (National Childbirth Trust) won a Ludlow civic award in the community group category for its contribution to the advancement, wellbeing and welfare of people of the town and for carrying out unpaid work in the community.

The awards, presented by Ludlow Town Council at its mayor-making ceremony on Wednesday evening (May 22), recognise individuals and groups who contribute to our community and go above and beyond.

Branch chair Nicola Twiddy said upon receiving the award, presented by deputy mayor, Councillor Tim Gill: “It is wonderful to have our small group of volunteers recognised in this way for all their hard work, time and commitment to helping and supporting families in the community.

“We support families from pregnancy right through to parenthood by providing a weekly bumps, baby and beyond playgroup, as well as orchestrating a popular biannual Nearly New Sale where families can purchase pre-loved baby and children’s items. We also offer free pew parent packs, which is a bag full of goodies such as nappies, wipes, maternity pads and more.

“A special mention goes to our volunteer Bex Bromley, without whom NCT Ludlow wouldn’t be what it is today.”

Deputy town clerk Kate Adams said: “Ludlow Town Council is pleased to be able to recognise local people and groups of volunteers who make such a difference to our town and its community.

“This award, and recognition, given to Ludlow NCT shows how much these community organisations are valued by the town council and local residents. Well done to everyone involved."

The NCT is the UK's largest charity providing information and support to families through pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenthood.

It relies on volunteer parents supporting parents, with more than 5,000 volunteers across over 300 branches offering activities including drop-in sessions, clothing sales, and first aid courses.

Founded in 1956, the charity's mission is to support parents through the first 1,000 days, from the beginning of pregnancy through to the child's second birthday.