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Community champions honoured at Downing Street


Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie invited two local community champions to Downing Street to be afforded thanks by the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for their work.

Chrissie Lowrey, the founder of the women’s safety group SafeSpace, and Russell Cook who is a first responder volunteer with the ambulance service in Stroud were nominated by Ms Baillie.

They were invited to meet Rishi Sunak at the No10 reception along with other community champions from across the country.

Safe Space is a community of businesses providing a safe and secure place for women to go to in Stroud if they are being followed or feel under threat in any way. 

Russell undertakes his first responder duties despite working full-time in environmental technology. 

Both have met with Siobhan previously and she recognised their commitment to the community with the nomination.

“What a pleasure to go to No 10 Downing Street with local Stroud constituency people.  It was wonderful to see them chatting away with the Prime Minister and recognised for the incredible work they selflessly undertake for our communities,” said Ms Baillie.

“I was proud to introduce them to other MPs, Downing Street staff and people from all over the country.  We had a spontaneous tour around the Houses of Parliament too.

“It was a highlight of the week for me and I congratulate Chrissie and Russell. They have my heartfelt thanks for all they do for local people.”

Chrissie said: “I was thrilled to be chosen to be a community champion and extremely honoured. The day was amazing and Siobhan was a beautiful host, spending lots of time showing us around Number 10 and Parliament. It means the world to be recognised, to meet the Prime Minister and we can’t wait to help even more women and young girls with Safe Space.”

Russell said: “I have met some great people, the ambulance staff are all fantastic and supportive. I feel privileged to volunteer with such a great bunch of people and help the people around Stroud. Thanks to my employer who lets me have time off at short notice and my family. My wife Diane has to sacrifice things as well when I have to dash off in the evening or get back in the small hours.”

He added: “I am grateful to Siobhan, she really does care about people. What a star for Stroud”

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