Press release: MBE awarded to Bristol Samaritan Tuesday 19 June 2012

Cyril Grant, awarded an MBE this year, volunteered for 50 years at Bristol Samaritans until retiring earlier this year.

Devoted former Samaritans volunteer Cyril Grant from Bristol has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2012.

Ninety two year old Cyril, who volunteered at the charity’s Bristol branch for 50 years until retiring in March this year, was recognised for his voluntary service to Samaritans and the church.

With the help of Samaritans’ founder Reverend Chad Varah, Cyril opened the local branch on St. Nicholas Street in 1963. In April 2012, he was awarded the Bristol Lord Mayor’s medal for services to the charity. In addition to fifty years of volunteering, he was the minister of his local church until retiring in 1984.

Cyril Grant said: “It was a surprise to be awarded with the MBE, but what an honour! I’ve not regretted a moment in the past 50 years. I’m very pleased for myself, but also for the branch – I am but a small cog in a big wheel and the more public awareness of Samaritans there is, the better.”

Stephen Hoddell, Samaritans Chair and volunteer at Bristol branch said:  “It is astounding that Cyril dedicated 50 years to volunteering with us, during this time he will have helped an untold number of people who called on Samaritans for support.  His MBE is well-deserved, and on behalf of the whole charity I’d like to congratulate him on his life-long achievements, and thank him for his tireless work.”

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