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Posted on: 22nd March 2018

Open Road honoured at High Sheriff Awards Ceremony

Voluntary organisations and people who make a major contribution to their community and crime prevention have been given well-deserved recognition and thanks at this year’s prestigious High Sheriffs’ Awards.

And Open Road is honoured to have been selected to receive a grant of £1,000 towards uniforms for our SOS Bus volunteers in Colchester and Chelmsford. Sarah Wright, Chief Executive, accepted the award and is pictured with the High Sheriff, Simon Hall MBE and Tony Coleridge, Chelmsford SOS Bus Project Co-ordinator.

Sarah said: ‘It’s a huge privilege to be recognised and to receive this award. The funding will help us purchase distinctive uniforms for our amazing SOS Bus volunteers who staff the buses without fail every weekend of the year.’

Around 170 guests attended this year’s ceremony held at Hylands House in Chelmsford where trophies, certificates and grants totalling £31,000 were presented.

The grants came from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which was established to give credit to community initiatives that address crime, community safety and anti-social behaviour, and is managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

Simon Hall, the 837th High Sheriff of Essex, has travelled to all areas of the county during his year of office.  As well as meeting many voluntary organisations, he visited the Courts and spent time with Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the Ambulance Service. 

Simon said, “It has been a huge privilege to undertake this role, it has been tremendous fun, I have learned a lot and I hope I have done some good.”

He paid tribute to the voluntary sector in Essex, “This County is blessed with some extraordinary organisations, wonderful people and very dedicated volunteers who are committed to tackling crime and social problems and supporting law and order.

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