As well as signing each of the award winners' certificates, HRH Princess Alexandra, patron of Home-Start sent the following message of congratulations and thanks:

"This occasion is a wonderful way to celebrate all that can be accomplished by working together with one common purpose - to help parents and children thrive as they face very difficult circumstances.

I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you and this evening I extend my personal thanks to all Home-Start volunteers for your compassion for families and children and for your gifts of time, energy and care.

My special congratulations go to this year's winners and runners up.  Thank you for your selflessness and kindness and for the very great difference you make to families.

I wish you all a most enjoyable evening."

HRH Princess Alexandra