CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2012

You will have read in the Leamington Spa Courier that Chris and Margaret, who run the Night Shelter on two nights every week on our premises, were in the finals of the Courier’s “Citizen of the Year 2012 Award” .

The citation which was submitted to the newspaper said

On two nights every week throughout the year Margaret Moore and Chris Johnson run the Night Shelter at Radford Road Church and provide a warm, safe environment, hot food and a place to sleep for the most vulnerable members of society. These unassuming, gentle people welcome, unreservedly, the vulnerable and homeless and show Christian love, understanding and total commitment to those who have nothing and who have nowhere to turn. They give their time and energy to provide material comforts, sleeping and washing facilities, companionship and friendly advice to homeless men and women who, otherwise, would spend the nights sleeping rough.

Assistance is given with form filling, making and attending doctor’s appointments, benefit claims and a vast range of other difficulties which beset those who cannot cope with the complexities of life.

Margaret and Chris do not seek recognition for the work they do but no one deserves it more.

We are all full of admiration for the commitment of Margaret and Chris and although they did not receive the top award, they are both held in great esteem by the members of Radford Road Church for the marvellous work they do.

The work of the Night Shelter has also been featured in the British Red Cross magazine “Local Life”, a copy of which is in the church vestibule. The article has been written by Peter Bayley-Bligh who is a community based first aid coordinator and who is a regular volunteer at the Night Shelter.

The knitted garments which were given by Radford Road Church to the clients of Night Shelter last Christmas were well received and much appreciated. We shall be giving knitted scarves, gloves and hats again at Christmas this year so please get busy with the pins and wool!