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Friendly funds will help pastor patrols extend to Saturday as well as Friday nights

Street Pastors Kerry Anne Cooper, Mike Wallis and Owen Cooper receive a cheque from Janet Allum at The Grand Union branch of the Oddfellows

Street Pastors Kerry Anne Cooper, Mike Wallis and Owen Cooper receive a cheque from Janet Allum at The Grand Union branch of the Oddfellows

Hemel Hempstead’s growing band of street pastors have been given another welcome funding boost to support their extension to Saturday as well as Friday nights in the town.

The Oddfellows, among the UK’s largest friendly societies, has donated £500 to support the scheme, which sees up to four volunteers at a time patrolling the Dacorum town’s popular weekend nightspots.

The pastors’ work includes dishing out flip-flops to women staggering in heels after one too many, and helping revellers get much-need taxis home at the end of the night.

The town’s street pastors team recently recruited 17 new volunteers and patrols are to be extended from the summer to cover both nights of the weekend.

Deputy chairman of the scheme Mike Wallis said: “The donation from the Oddfellows will be used to fund training for the new members of the team and we very much appreciate the support that is being given for the work that we do.”

John Jemison, secretary of the Oddfellows’ Great Berkhamsted District, said: “We have been inspired and humbled by what we have learned about the work of the street pastors and hope that our donation helps them to continue to bring comfort to the vulnerable people they meet each time they venture on to the streets.”

Oddfellows branches organise social events locally and provide help and support to members. For more about the society’s work, click here.

 

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