Young Lives Foundation delighted as volunteer, Chris Barmby is awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Colyer-Fergusson has previously worked with independent children’s charity Young Lives Foundation, to fund a mentoring scheme for 14 to 16 year olds who are working towards their ASDAN Award.

This month, we were delighted to hear that Young Lives Foundation volunteer, Chris Barmby has been awarded an MBE for Service to Policing and the Community, in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


Mr Barmby from Tonbridge worked as a volunteer appropriate adult, supporting vulnerable people in custody for over 12 years. He commented on his achievement,

” I am intensely proud of being awarded the MBE for Services to Policing and the Community.  The time spent as a volunteer Appropriate Adult has been extremely rewarding.  Having been brought up in a children’s home myself and then pursuing a life in the Navy, I really felt I could offer empathy and understanding rather than judgement, to the people I supported.  I feel honoured to be awarded an MBE and reflect on my time as an Appropriate Adult with great pride”

Mr Barmby was amongst an impressive number of Kent residents named in the 2017 Birthday Honours List. Also included were Susan Clark, chairman and fundraiser of the Pegasus play scheme in Dover, who received an MBE for services to children with disabilities and Teresa Carpenter, a Kent County Council foster carer who received an MBE for services to children and families.


Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust was established in 1969 by Sir James Colyer-Fergusson. Since then,  the Trustees have made grants in his honour to preserve beautiful Kent churches, promote musical and academic excellence and support local communities . In recent years the Trust has made grants to improve the quality of life of local people by funding community projects that tackle poverty and social exclusion. It has also supported the sustainability of local churches and in particular their role as an important community resource. The trustees regularly review and revise their funding policies to ensure that Trust money continues to be well spent.

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