Visit from The High Sheriff of Worcestershire – Andrew-Manning Cox

14th July 2022

Following an earlier visit from the Eveson Trust, we were contacted by The High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Andrew-Manning-Cox. Andrew had heard a little about the work of Wyre Forest and South Worcestershire Nightstop and Mediation Service and was keen to find out more. He arranged to visit with his wife Janet.

On the 23rd of May 2022, Andrew and his wife Janet, visited our base in Kidderminster. After hearing about the history of the charity, and speaking to members of the team about their roles, we introduced Andrew to one of our beneficiaries. They talked openly about the challenges that had led them to Nightstop, the impact of the stay with hosts and the work of the Nightstop Team in helping them to live independently. The visit made quite an impact on Andrew and he subsequently he got in touch with our CEO, Judith Ford, to inform her of his intention to recognise the exceptional work of the team and some of our host volunteers with the High Sheriffs Award – only given to those who have made a real difference within the community.

Fast forward a few weeks, the tea and coffee had been brewed and the scones buttered, we were fortunate to host the High Sheriff again, but this time, in full ceremonial regalia. In attendance, we had the backbone of our organisation – our wonderful hosts - and many of our Trustees. We are immensely grateful to all our volunteers as the service is so dependent on their support.Hosts David and Veronica Whiting provided a home for a young person for 7 months through the pandemic and they also continually find innovative ways to fundraise on behalf of Nightstop. Hosts, Cath and Peter Holden were unable to attend the presentation ceremony, however they were also recognised for their long-standing service to Nightstop and the huge impact they have had on the lives of the young people they have hosted.

The hosts and members of the team were awarded the 2022 High Sheriff Lapel badges which recognise their service to the community. Andrew mentioned that he has only made this award to 2 charities since he took up office andHe said “I am so impressed by the work these 2 charities are doing in Worcestershire. They are both worthy recipients of the Awards.”Finally, the High Sheriff made one final (surprise) award to our longest serving trustee, Denise Carson, who has been involved with Nightstop since 2005 as a founding Trustee, Chair and friend to the team. Denise is passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people and her community links have been invaluable.

Everyone at Nightstop feels utterly privileged to be recipients of this award and we will strive to keep developing our services to reach as many young people as possible. Thank you Andrew.