Princess Royal presented Milestone awards to Victim Support volunteers

Published: 19 April 2019

19 April 2019
Our President, HRH The Princess Anne presents a Milestone award to our volunteer, Veronica Thomas

President of Victim Support, HRH The Princess Royal presents a Milestone award to our volunteer, Veronica Thomas

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presented Victim Support's Milestone awards to 14 outstanding volunteers and staff from Surrey and Sussex at the Ramada Plaza, London Gatwick, on Thursday 18 April.

The Princess who is also Victim Support's President spent the afternoon handing out awards to Victim Support volunteers who had been giving up their free time for over 15 years.

Veronica Thomas, who is a Victim Support volunteer in Surrey, said: "It was an amazing experience to meet HRH and to have her present this award to me. I have very much enjoyed volunteering at Victim Support for the past 25 years and this was a lovely way to mark my time here."

Maralyn Smith, Divisional Manager for Victim Support Surrey and Sussex, said: "Our volunteers do such an amazing job of helping victims and witnesses of crime through a tough time. Having HRH presenting them with Milestone Awards is such a rewarding way to have their efforts recognised."

The Milestone awards were part of Victim Support's Surrey and Sussex Divisional Volunteer and Staff Conference. The day covered talks on different restorative approaches with speaker Peter Woolf who talked about how the process of restorative justice helped him stop offending.

Ray and Vi Donovan spoke about the murder of their son Chris and their subsequent meetings with the three convicted offenders.

Altogether, 48 Victim Support volunteers and staff received Milestone awards on the day and met The Princess Royal.