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High Sheriff On-Hand to Present Awards

Charity volunteers from Menphys have been presented with awards in recognition of their dedication to helping children and young people with disabilities.

The High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Mrs Henrietta Chubb JP, presented awards to the Chair Ian Knight and volunteers Fiona Kirk and Marie O’Rourke for their support of families across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.


“Ian, Fiona and Marie are all deserving of the recognition that comes with such a prestigious award,” said Ian Caldwell, Chief Executive of Menphys,


“Their dedication and commitment is crucial in helping us as a charity support our children and their families. We were delighted to welcome the High Sheriff and to mark this special occasion together.”


High Sheriffs are appointed to represent His Majesty the King in each county and the awards are a way of recognising and celebrating the work of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the communities in which they live or work. 


“I had a lovely afternoon spent with the Menphys team, and it was such an honour to meet the High Sheriff,” said Marie, who began volunteering for Menphys two years ago and spends five days a week across its donation centres, charity shops, and coffee shops - as well as running inductions for all new volunteers.


The charity, which received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2021, was last year named Small Business of the Year at East Midlands Chamber’s Leicestershire Business Awards. It also won the Outstanding Contribution Award at the LeicestershireLive Business Awards 2023.


Visit to find out more about the charity. 


Pictured from left to right; Chief executive, Ian Caldwell; volunteer Fiona Kirk; High Sheriff of Leicestershire Mrs Henrietta Chubb JP; volunteer Marie O’Rourke; Chair, Ian Knight.




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