Above: Hampshire High Sheriff Award recipients with the High Sheriff, Lady Edwina Grosvenor, and Cllr Hugh Mason, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and HIWCF Trustee. More images available in the gallery here using the password: win2023

The High Sheriff of Hampshire, Lady Edwina Grosvenor, has announced the 22 recipients receiving commendations for their great work in the community in the field of law and order and related projects in Hampshire.  

“All of today’s recipients of the High Sheriff Awards have shown innovation and tenacity in their respective fields, working tirelessly to make their communities safe and welcoming. In some cases, individuals have shown true bravery and I’m delighted to honour them today.”

The High Sheriff 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.  Among the individuals and projects receiving awards include Basingstoke’s Stop and Search Awareness Team. One of the founders, Katherine Bejide said: “This award is an amazing accomplishment and a huge motivation to keep the scheme going and growing through the county. We are so honoured to be accepting it and acknowledge the massive team of people who have worked alongside this in making it impactful.

“Not only is education one of the most valuable tools we can give our youth, but it is also a platform for schools and colleges to take responsibility in being a bridge that allows them to face the world with confidence. It is critical to empower them with the capacity to understand their rights when it comes to police stop and searches.”

Around 100 people attended the awards ceremony in Winchester, which is supported by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation. Jacqui Scott, Chief Executive, commented: “HIWCF is honoured to be involved in the High Sheriff Awards, giving recognition to the outstanding work of charitable and community groups in Hampshire. This year’s recipients are a truly inspiring and eclectic group of people, all working tirelessly during significant challenges to make Hampshire a better, safer place for everyone to live and work.”

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

Monty’s Community Hub Southampton Innovative bicycle and community project in the Sholing area of Southampton.
Debbie Cornell Portsmouth Debbie accommodates and supports young people who would otherwise be homeless and in the last 30 years has helped and supported 56 young people in the Havant area.
Urbond Portsmouth Urbond is a specialist diversity and inclusion charity based in Portsmouth working tirelessly to create strong bonds within the city.
Mr Shane Blampied & Dr Dominic Pearson (FIRE-P) Eastleigh Both Shane and Dominic have invested much personal time and effort into the FIRE-P programme, raising awareness of fire prevention and addressing attitudes towards fire setting.
Effie Blankson & Katherine Bejide (Stop and Search Awareness Team) Basingstoke Effie and Katherine have established a team of trained advocates across seven educational establishments to provide direct and trusted support and advocacy for children with the local police.
Gosport Community Spirit Gosport Community Spirit is an organisation that supports people with complex needs to volunteer in the local community.
Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community (GRNC) Rushmoor Working to strengthen ties between ex-Gurkhas and their families and the wider community.
Dr Manish Patel Portsmouth Dr Manish Patel set up the Dr Mike King Memorial Trust in memory of his friend and fellow consultant, to help support local young people in Portsmouth who are disadvantaged or underrepresented in the medical profession
PC Clare Parry & PCSO Wendy Clark Portsmouth Helped to embed and promote the work of Hampshire Police within the University of Portsmouth and the student population to aid student saftey.
DCI 2708 Colin White Chandlers Ford DCI Colin White has just completed 30 years unblemished service with Hampshire Constabulary
Arun Mummalaneni Basingstoke Arun has served the Basingstoke community tirelessly for the last 15 years. He has been a volunteer, community leader and County and Borough Councillor, including as part of Interfaith Basingstoke, organising interfaith walks and events.
Ethan Fox Gosport Ethan helped a young woman who was the victim of a sexual assault in June 2022.
Lisa Young Gosport Lisa runs the 6th Gosport Cub Group and over the years has given an extraordinary amount of time, effort and compassion to the children she helps
Fleur Palmer

 

Portsmouth Fleur is responsible for the continued success and efficiency of the Portsmouth Crown Court and leads the criminal team.
David King JP Gosport
Dr Lilian Hobbs JP Chandlers Ford Dr Hobbs has been a committed Magistrate since 2005 and her recent contribution to the East Hampshire Bench and Magistracy has been exemplary.
Gary Price JP Southsea Gary Price has been an active Magistrate on the East Hampshire Bench since 2015 and has formed the East Hampshire Magistrates Community Group with the overarching objective to raise awareness of the magistracy
Marian Pottinger JP Portsmouth Marian has been Chair of the East Hampshire Family Panel for the past three years which has been an exceptionally challenging period of tenure.