Full Sutton prison near York has a particularly impressive history of achievement within the Butler Trust Awards, winning five Awards and a Commendation in the last eight years alone.
On the afternoon of 7 November, as the rain began to fall, our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, arrived at the gates of the prison, to see our winners in their place of work, and meet their colleagues from across the jail.
Escorted by the Governor, Jennifer Willis, The Princess began her visit, appropriately enough, in Visits, where she met Pete Jarvis and Gerry Ryan, Award Winners from 2016 and 2017, respectively, and a number of colleagues closely involved in creating the prison’s “rehabilitative culture”.
From there The Princess moved on to the Close Supervision Centre, to speak to 2016 Commendees, Ian Walton & Emma Powell, and other CSC staff, and then to Healthcare, to meet up with Award Winners Suzie Ingram (2012) and Liz Littlewood (2013) and their colleagues.
The visit concluded in the Chapel, where The Princess spoke to Chaplaincy staff, including 2009 Award Winner Moosa Gora, as well as meeting groups of staff from across the establishment over afternoon tea.
At the end of the visit, the Governor thanked Her Royal Highness for visiting, and noted that the prison’s achievements within the Awards were a credit not only to the winners themselves, but also to the contribution and support of all their colleagues throughout the establishment.