2017 was an exceptionally difficult year for the country, with terror attacks at Westminster, the Manchester Arena, Finsbury Park, London Bridge, Parsons Green and then the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. Following each incident, the response from the emergency services was impressive and professional.
In London on 26 June 2018, British Transport Police marked the dedication and service of those who went above and beyond in their responses to these events. In his address regarding nominations for the British Transport Police’s (BTP) Make the Difference Awards, Chief constable Paul Crowther said the awards celebrated the “very best” of BTP and their actions following the “unprecedented” events of 2017 before handing out 12 top honours.
It wasn’t just BTP's officers and staff who were recognised. BTP Chaplains from the Railway Mission were given the Community Volunteer award for the ongoing care and support they provide to staff and passengers, particularly in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at Manchester Arena and London Bridge. In the hours after these atrocities, Railway Chaplains made their way to the scenes to provide support.
Executive director Liam Johnston said: “Because of the nature of our work it is difficult to raise our profile without breaking the confidential relationship we have with the ‘railway family’. This award is a recognition of the team and the work we do across the UK.”
'The Railway Chaplains – Continuous voluntary support and care to railway staff and passengers.'