PRESS RELEASE – 4TH APRIL 2022

PRESS RELEASE – 4TH APRIL 2022

HIGH SHERIFF OF SOUTH YORKSHIRE PRESENTS A COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD TO JOHN HEALY CHAIR OF HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS CHARITY

Charity Chair John Healy who celebrates his 72nd birthday tomorrow, today received a Community Service Award from the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire – Mr Martin McKervey. The award is for: Voluntary service supporting Homeless Veterans

John and his wife Linda, accompanied by Steve Bentham-Bates the CEO of the charity who nominated John for this award met the High Sheriff in the impressive Cutlers Hall this morning.

Doncaster Councillor John is a retired social housing manager and has been the Chair of Trustees of the charity for 6 years. He has led the small team of trustees, staff and volunteers and in this period enabled the charity to support around 500 homeless veterans throughout England and Wales.

The High Sheriff said:

I have witnessed many volunteers doing remarkable work during my term in office. John Healy is one such person. As Chair of Help 4 Homeless Veterans charity, he has led a team making life changing differences to hundreds of vulnerable Veterans of HM Armed Forces, enabling them to turn their lives around. He is thoroughly deserving of my Community Service Award today.

John had this to say afterwards:

I want to thank the High Sheriff for presenting me with his Award and my CEO for putting me forward for consideration for it.

It recognizes the efforts of my team of staff and volunteers who together have assisted over 500 homeless veterans whilst I have been Chair of the Board of Trustees. I accept this award on their behalf too. In the six years I have led the charity, we have worked hard, continuously throughout the pandemic, and now we are enjoying more freedom the additional support we have developed such as working with The Therapy Farm and the soon to be opened Homeless Veterans Drop-In Support Centre in Barnsley are coming to fruition. I am proud to lead such a worthwhile charity and receive this formal recognition and official thank you this morning.