Superb news in this morning’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The Message Trust is delighted to announce that our founder and CEO Andy Hawthorne has been awarded an OBE in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The honour recognises Andy’s outstanding achievements and service to young people in Greater Manchester for almost twenty years.
Since leaving his clothing business to work full time in schools in 1992, Andy has built a formidable reputation as a champion for young people and a pioneer of initiatives that help the hardest-to-reach young people in schools, prisons and disadvantaged local communities.
Through its schools bands and theatre company, 17 long-term Eden community partnerships and the Reflex prisons ministry, The Message Trust now reaches over 100,000 young people a year in Greater Manchester and beyond.
Thousands of young people attribute the radical changes in their lives to the work of The Message. Many former troublemakers have become staff members and key volunteers of the charity.
The Message Trust is held in high regard by other youth agencies nationwide and has received commendations from Prime Minister David Cameron and Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police Peter Fahy as well as business leaders such as Michael Oglesby (Bruntwood) and Brian Souter (Stagecoach).
This Friday, the charity hosts its annual Urban Hero Awards, recognising six extraordinary young people who have been helped by the charity over the last year.
Among the award winners this year are former local tearaways now working hard on behalf of their community, and a youth worker-turned-entrepreneur who has set up four new medical practices on needy local estates.
Only one way to celebrate really, isn’t there?