A Staffordshire Police officer has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list for his services to young people.
PC Andy Whitehall is the driving force behind the Right Stuff Boxing Project which provides a positive focus for hundreds of young people and adults in towns within the county.
As well as boxing lessons and the opportunity to gain coaching qualifications, each youngster signs up to a voluntary good behaviour contract and agrees to take part in community projects. This includes litter picking, gardening and taking food parcels to the elderly.
"Andy’s award is richly deserved and it’s not an exaggeration to say that his influence has been life-changing for some young people. He’s an outstanding officer who gives up a massive amount of his own time to work with youngsters."
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