High Sheriff shows support for transforming lives

22 April 2016

Transform Housing & Support has enjoyed a year of support from a very special source – the county’s High Sheriff.

The High Sheriff of Surrey for 2015/16, Elizabeth Kennedy, is also Vice Chairman of Transform. As she steps down today (Friday 22 April), Transform has thanked Mrs Kennedy for the huge support she has shown during her year in office.

Paul Mitchell, Chief Executive of Transform, said:

“Transform Housing & Support is very grateful to Elizabeth Kennedy for the support she has given during her year as High Sheriff. Although Surrey is an affluent area, there are many people who get into difficulties and who need support to get their lives back on track. Elizabeth has helped us to raise much-needed awareness and vital funds, to further our work with homeless and vulnerable people across Surrey.”

Mrs Kennedy has been a Trustee of Transform Housing & Support since 2008. The charity runs specialist housing projects for people affected by homelessness, mental health issues, offending, disabilities, and drug or alcohol issues.

Elizabeth said:

“As former Chair of Transform Housing & Support, I have seen first-hand how this charity really does transform the lives of local people. I was delighted to have the opportunity, in my role as High Sheriff, to raise awareness of the work carried out by Transform. Over the past year I have been privileged to learn about the many charities and voluntary agencies working in our community. I would like to thank all our local charities for helping to make Surrey a happier, healthier and safer place.”

The High Sheriff of Surrey is appointed by The Queen and holds office for one year. The High Sheriff is The Queen's legal representative in the County, although in practice it is now largely ceremonial. The High Sheriff supports the criminal justice system and raises awareness of the contribution of voluntary, community and faith bodies to tackle social problems.

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