Guildford Street Angels leader Chris Britton has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The award for Mr Britton, chair of Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy (GTCC), marks his many years of community service, especially with young people in the town.
He moved here 40 years ago, volunteered as a Street Angel in their first year of operation, 2008, and now champions the work as a trustee. Mr Britton steered inception of the Community Angels project which now serves the lonely and isolated in our local communities.
The Boys’ Brigade has been another passion, serving for 45 years, 30 with the 1st Guildford Company he led for 15 years and he has helped in a local initiative to start new after-school clubs, called “Fusion” groups.
The Britton family have been members of St Saviour’s Church since 1981, where he has also served in many roles.
“I am so proud, and humbled, to have been awarded the BEM, such an unexpected honour,” Mr Britton said.
“To be able to be involved with projects that have helped so many people, from all walks of life, and particularly young people has been a privilege in itself.
“I believe this special recognition reflects on the work of all the teams of volunteers at GTCC and the other charities I am involved in, who share my passion about serving others, motivated by putting faith into action.”
Mr Britton will be presented with his medal by Michael More-Molyneux, HM Lord Lieutenant of Surrey (patron of GTCC), at a special ceremony.