The Bishop of Ely presented former Chief Superintendent Rob Needle with an award at Ely Cathedral for his charity work in the Diocese. Over the last three years Rob has given his time tirelessly to The Children's Society, by organising fundraising events, giving talks, and raising the profile of the charity across the region.

Rob, who worked with the Cambridgeshire Constabulary for 30 years, first became involved with The Children's Society four years ago when he started working as the manager for their bookshop in Sawston. Working for the charity meant he learnt about all the vital work they do for vulnerable young people across the country and this inspired him to take on an additional volunteering role in 2015.

As Diocesan Ambassador he has coordinated fundraising efforts and spoken at events to encourage others to dig deep for the charity, not only in his local church, St Andrews in Stapleford, but throughout the whole of the Ely Diocese which covers most of Cambridgeshire and small parts of Peterborough, Essex, Norfolk and Bedfordshire.

Rob was presented with his award at Ely Cathedral's Christingle service, in aid of The Children's Society. He said: "It was a wonderful surprise to receive the National Volunteering Award"

"After I started working for The Children's Society in the shop four years ago I really wanted to help even more and assist in creating positive change for the vulnerable children and young people supported by the charity."

The Children's Society's Chief Executive, Matthew Reed said: "Rob thoroughly deserves this award for all his hard work, unwavering commitment and boundless initiative and we want to say a huge thank you from The Children's Society. Over the last year the charity has had over 8,000 volunteers supporting our work so winning this award is an amazing achievement and we are enormously grateful for his contribution in recent years.

"Rob is a true champion and we have been overwhelmed by his tenacious ambition and his wonderful ability to engage existing and potential supporters with ease. He is a pleasure to work with and a great support to other volunteers in the area, inspiring many others in their own work.

"Our mission is to support vulnerable young people to have better lives and we and we wouldn't be able to do it without people like him."

Rob manages The Children's Society's bookshop in Sawston, 48 High Street, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3BG. Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm.

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Notes to editors

· In photo on left Rob Needle, on right Bishop Stephen Conway, The Bishop of Ely

The Children's Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.

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