A High Peak man has been honoured for his voluntary work at a prestigious ceremony held in London.
John Shufflebottom received a British Citizen Award in recognition of his 16 years of voluntary work for the charity Victim Support.
John’s award is for volunteering and charitable giving, one of eight categories in the newly-introduced British Citizens Awards, which recognise individuals doing extraordinary things in their local community.
He said: “There are so many people in Victim Support who deserve this award, especially volunteers who are directly helping victims of crime.
“I was shocked but feel very honoured to receive it.
“When people ask why I do it, I tell them that people have given so much to me in the past that it was time to give back. After all, the most precious gift you have to give is your time, expertise and passion to help others in your community.”
John, of Glossop, has volunteered for Victim Support since 1999 and his involvement with the charity has been at a local, regional and national level. He has volunteered as treasurer and trustee, overseen mergers and introduced new IT systems among many other achievements.
Lesley Daniels, Victim Support’s Division Manager for Greater Manchester, added: “John really deserves this honour. Whilst Victim Support nominated him, the application was supported by local criminal justice agencies and Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner.”