High Sheriff, Sir Stuart Hampson, gives out his end of year awards

Sir Stuart Hampson with the award winners

Sir Stuart Hampson with the award winners

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

SIX awards were handed out by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire to mark his end of year of office.

Sir Stuart Hampson gave out the six High Sheriff's Awards at a reception in Aylesbury last week, which recognise 'great and valuable services to the community'.

Four of the award winners were chosen by Sir Stuart and included the Kop Hill Climb event team.

The Kop Hill Climb was introduced in Princes Risborough five years ago, after a lapse of more than 80 years.

It has become a hugely popular event and since it restarted has raised nearly £200,000 for charities in the area. It is run on a voluntary basis- this year's event is on September 21 to 22.

The High Sheriff also gave three awards in recognition of adult instructors who provided varied recreational activities for young people – many of whom were volunteers who gave generously of their own time.

Lt Col John Shearer, the army cadet force commanding officer for Bucks, was recognised for his work to provide opportunities for more than 550 boys and girls from all over Bucks to mix together as they develop their leadership skills in a challenging environment.

He works with a highly committed team of 180 volunteer adult officers and instructors as part of the ACF.

Dr Simon Aulton is chairman of the 1st Cheddington Scout Group, where 30 adult volunteers enable 150 youngsters to enjoy a wide range of activities and to become engaged in making their community a better place.

Suzanne Hopkins was also recognised for her work as headteacher at Aylesbury Music Centre, achieving high standard of musicianship and providing a social hub for young musicians in Aylesbury.

Two of the awards were nominated by Aylesbury Crown Court Judge His Honour Francis Sheridan for Thames Valley Police’s Fatal Accidents Investigation Unit.

PC Adrian White, a forensic collision investigator, was described by the Judge as 'an outstanding expert witness who regularly left family meals or parties to attend fatal road traffic accidents'. His careful and thoughtful explanations showed how the incidents occurred and, where appropriate, how they ought to have been avoided.

PC Kate Bishop is the family liaison officer who supports the victim’s family from the moment they are told the news of their loss, through the harrowing court process and beyond. The court regularly receives thanks from families for her support in helping them come to terms with their loss.

The new High Sheriff will start their year of office tomorrow.

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