The High Sheriff Community Award Winners

High Sherriff of Hampshire Mark Thistlethwayte recognises those going beyond the ‘Call of Duty’

The High Sheriff of Hampshire 2018/19 Mark Thistlethwayte has announced the 21 recipients receiving commendations for their great work in the community in the field of law and order related projects. The High Sheriff Community Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition given to Hampshire based volunteers, groups and public servants making a significant contribution to society through enhancing safety and cohesion in our communities.

The successful individuals and groups regularly go beyond the ‘call of duty’ in their everyday work activities and deserve special recognition for their commitment. The awards were presented on the evening of 20th March 2019 at a ceremony held in the Great Hall in Winchester with 200 people in attendance.

The individuals and groups receiving special recognition for their work are as follows:

• Police Constable Andrew Reid
• Pompey in the Community ‘Pompey Restore’ Delivery Team
• Active Communities Network (ACN)
• Carolyn Exley, Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS)
• Citizens Advice Winchester District’s Court Desk Volunteer Team
• Emmaus Hampshire
• Gillian Finch, CIS’ters
• HMP/YOI Winchester Employment Academy & Partners
• Jib Belbase – Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community (GRNC)
• Jo Hill, Havant Probation Officer
• Kirsty Robertson, Motiv8
• Lucy Kay, Stalking Service Manager, Aurora New Dawn
• Portsmouth High School, Cyber Ambassadors
• RAM Kalyan “Kelly”, Unity 101 Community Radio
• Trinity Winchester
• Portsmouth Street Pastors
• Saints Foundation (Saints4Sport Programme)
• Winchester Youth Counselling
• Volunteer Police Cadets – Hedge End Unit
• Y Services for Young People
• Kevin Saunders and Zak, Hampshire Search & Rescue Dogs

The High Sheriff, Mark Thistlethwayte commented:

It has been truly inspiring during my year in office to see first-hand the outstanding and meaningful work carried out by these unsung heroes who help those less fortunate across our county. I am delighted to be able to give special recognition for their hard work and achievements in keeping our communities safe and thriving in support of vulnerable people in our area.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) works in partnership with the High Sheriff of Hampshire to administer the Community Awards, and Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive of HIWCF commented:

We are delighted to support the High Sheriff Awards which uphold the values implemented by the Foundation across our communities in support of those less fortunate. We congratulate each of the 21 recipients for their well-deserved awards, and for their hard work and dedication in making Hampshire a better and safer place to live.


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