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Two Thamesmead prison workers recieve commendations from Princess Anne

PUBLISHED: 13:04 28 March 2018

Rev. Trevor Jacquet receiving his commendation from HRH Princess Anne. Picture: Paul Clarke

Rev. Trevor Jacquet receiving his commendation from HRH Princess Anne. Picture: Paul Clarke

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Thamesmead workers from two prisons, both in Western Way, received national awards from HRH Princess Anne at St James’s Palace earlier this month, in recognition of their work.

Mark Barber receiving his commendation from HRH Princess Anne. Picture: Paul ClarkeMark Barber receiving his commendation from HRH Princess Anne. Picture: Paul Clarke

On March 15, Mark Barber, an officer from HMP Isis, and Rev. Trevor Jacquet, prison chaplain from Belmarsh, were presented with prestigious acknowledgements from the Butler Trust, which has Princess Anne as its patron.

Their commendations were two of only 19 granted this year, from more than 350 nominations across Britain.

Now in its 33rd year, the Butler Trust annual awards recognises outstanding service by staff and volunteers working in UK prisons, probation, and youth justice settings.

Speaking about Mark Barber, the chairman of the Butler Trust’s awarding panel, Sir Michael Harrison said: “Mark impressed us with his gift for bringing out the best in people, and especially those who are vulnerable.”

About Rev Trevor Jacquet, Sir Michael said: “A true inspiration, Trevor leads a chaplaincy team at HMP Belmarsh which has been praised as the best in the country.

“He has also made valuable contributions to the national chaplaincy community.”

Trevor himself said: “I see my job as holding on to hope for many who have lost hope.

“To convey to them by listening, talking, normal human interactions and high hopes for them that they are made in the image of God and of unfathomable value no matter what they have done, what they face, and what they are like.”

After the presentations, the Princess talked to Mark Barber and Rev. Trevor Jacquet, alongside their fellow winners, over afternoon tea in the Palace State Rooms.

Simon Shepherd, director of the trust, said: “It’s easy to forget that there’s an unsung army of people behind the criminal justice headlines. “Every day, these hidden heroes do remarkable and inspiring work on behalf of the public.”

Rory Stewart, prisons and probation minister, said: “I am very proud to see the exceptional work of our prison and probation staff recognised at today’s ceremony.

“This vital work – often hidden from view – not only transforms lives, it also benefits society, resulting in fewer victims and safer streets.”

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