The Shrewsbury Ark is delighted to recieve a High Sheriff's award in "recognition of great and valuable services to the community".
Dean Harris, the current High Sheriff of Shropshire, presented the award this morning in a zoom call attended by staff, volunteers, trustees and clients of the Ark.
Dean, who steps down as High Sheriff at the end of the month, informed us that High Sheriff awards are presented to individuals and groups that do great, ongoing work, that is not always recognised by official channels.
Dean has been a huge supporter of our work since her term as High Sheriff began last year and told us that she chose to recognise us in this way as she feels we always go above and beyond in supporting the most vulnerable members of our community.
She has been impressed by the level of care we show, always treating our clients with dignity and respect. Dean said she had always know that the Ark existed, but had no idea of all the extra services and activities that we offer, going way beyond basic facilities and hot food.
Her speech highlighted all that we have managed to achieve over the past 12 months under very difficult circumstances and how effectively our team works in collaboration with partner agencies, to offer the best support to those in need.
As a charity, we are extremely grateful for the genuine interest that Dean has shown in supporting our work and the most vulnerable members of our community.
We want to sincerely thank her for honouring us with this award, but above all, for her time and encouragment over the past year.