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PASTORS TO RECEIVE QUEEN’S AWARD

streetpastorsThe Isle of Wight Street Pastors will receive their Queen’s Award today (Friday) at a ceremony in Newport.

This is one of only 117 Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service to be presented nationally and will be presented by Major General Martin White, the Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, on behalf of The Queen at Newport Congregational Church in Pyle Street.

The award is the highest award that can be presented to volunteer groups in the UK and is equal to the MBE which is awarded to individuals.

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Isle of Wight Street Pastors is a Christian charity providing care, support and practical help to people on the streets of Island towns at night, and around Island Schools at the end of the school day through two projects, Street Pastors and School Pastors.

Commenting on the award, Major General Martin White, said:

“The Isle of Wight Street Pastors play an incredibly important role within our community and have provided support to countless people since being established in 2009. The work of the fifty-plus volunteers who care for and assist people in our towns during the evening, as well as children and young people through the School Pastors scheme, is highly commendable and it is right that their hard work and dedication is recognised with this award.”

Photo: Isle of Wight Street Pastors

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