Scottish Samaritan Awarded MBE

Dedicated Samaritans volunteer, Michael Hippisley, 79, from Angus, Scotland, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2014.   

Recognised for his voluntary service to Samaritans in Dundee, Michael was nominated by fellow volunteers and a member of the Scottish Prison Service.

Michael was instrumental in setting up the support service in Scottish Prisons, as well as supporting people struggling to cope by volunteering as a Samaritans listener.

He also secured funding for the purpose-built branch on Old Glamis Road, and played a vital role in winning corporate partnerships over the years. 

Michael was a volunteer at Dundee Samaritans for 24 years, from 1989 to 2013 and continues to support the charity’s work as an honorary member of the branch. 

Michael Hippisley said: “I am completely gob smacked to have been awarded an MBE, what an honour! Even though I have stopped answering calls from people struggling to cope, Samaritans remains a big part of my life.

"There have been so many positive developments over the years, but the core service remains the same, and I think that’s one of the reasons why I volunteered for nearly 25 years.

"It really is a team effort though, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow volunteers both at the branch and across the entire organisation.”

Stephen Hoddell, Samaritans’ Chair said: “I’d like to offer sincere congratulations to Michael on his MBE.

"Over the years he has given an incalculable amount of time to the charity, supporting people using our helpline service, as well as setting up new partnerships and generating income through various fundraising efforts.

"On behalf of the whole charity I’d like to congratulate Michael on his achievements, and thank him for his dedication.”

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