19th March 2015
People who have made a major contribution to community safety and crime prevention in Essex have been given well-deserved tributes and thanks at the prestigious High Sheriffs’ Awards ceremony.
A family who have devoted themselves to making Lee Chapel North in Basildon a better place, organisations helping young people in Chelmsford, Epping and Colchester and a rape crisis charity in Southend are among nominees receiving recognition through the awards.
More than 43 voluntary and community organisations were at this year’s ceremony held at Hylands House in Chelmsford and trophies, certificates and grants totalling £23,471, were presented by the outgoing High Sheriff of Essex, Nicholas Charrington DL.
The grants came from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which is managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF).
Nicholas Charrington, who is the 834th High Sheriff of Essex, paid tribute to the people of Essex as he came to the end of his busy and successful year of office, during which he met hundreds of volunteers across the county.
He said: “It is estimated that nearly 400,000 people undertake some form of charity or voluntary work in Essex. This dedication and devotion underpins our communities, making for a healthier and safer society.
“An important part of the role of the High Sheriff is to recognise and promote the voluntary sector, with particular emphasis on those organisations which support law and order and tackle crime and social problems.
“Over the past year I have met such a wide range of dedicated and impressive people who go to extraordinary lengths to make such a difference in their communities. It is a pleasure and a privilege to help give them the recognition they so richly deserve.
“ECF has been of great value to me during my year of office and the High Sheriffs’ Fund gives much needed support to the organisations helping to prevent crime and promoting community safety.
“During my travels around the county I have realised that the role of High Sheriff is still much respected and although it is an ancient role it is still very relevant today.”
Since it came under ECF’s management in 1997 the High Sheriffs’ Fund has distributed more than 530 grants totalling £435,000 to voluntary and community organisations.
Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of ECF said: “The High Sheriffs’ Fund is a valuable financial resource for the voluntary sector in Essex. We are delighted to manage the fund and work with the successive High Sheriffs so that greater support can be given to people in the county who are tackling important issues at a local level.”
The High Sheriffs’ Award Scheme recognises community initiatives which address crime, community safety and anti-social behaviour. The office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year. The High Sheriff receives no expenses and the role comes at no cost to the public purse.
To view a full list of grants and certificates presented on the night click here.
To view and download photographs from the event click here.
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