RE:ACT receives special High Sheriff's Award
Posted by Alex Whitty 15th December 2020 News
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RE:ACT was privileged to welcome the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Major General Ashley Truluck, for a special visit in recognition of the charity’s work in the local community during Covid-19.
Major General Truluck was introduced to the HQ Team and was then briefed by Director of Humanitarian Operations, Ben Lampard, about RE:ACT’s ongoing Covid-19 emergency response since it was launched in March 2020. Major General Truluck then presented CEO Richard Sharp with a High Sheriff’s Award in recognition of RE:ACT’s significant contribution to supporting communities in need in Wiltshire and throughout the UK.
On presenting the High Sheriff’s Award, Major General Ashley Truluck said:
“I had no idea the full breadth of what you’re doing, not just in the UK with Covid operations, but worldwide as well, and the way that you’ve mobilised the expertise of ex-service personnel. I’m absolutely delighted to give RE:ACT a High Sheriff’s Award. These are not easily given, but we’ve selected you for this in recognition of all the work you’ve done – not only in Wiltshire but across the whole of the UK, and indeed in Nepal and Mozambique and lots of other places as well. RE:ACT is a fantastic organisation, not very well known, which is very much a reflection on the modesty of the people working here. You ought to be better known and I hope this will help raise your profile a little bit.”
On receiving the High Sheriff’s Award, Richard Sharp said:
“It’s an honour and a privilege to receive this special award in recognition of our charity’s services. I’m proud to accept this on behalf of our entire team of staff and volunteers. At the start of the year we didn’t know we would be doing this, and even when we deployed in March, we didn’t think we would still be on operation 9 months later. We’ve gone from a small international disaster response charity to a major actor in UK resilience and we’ve done it without reputation or large resources. I can’t fully express how much of an astonishing accomplishment this is and it’s all down to the extraordinary skill and commitment of our people.”