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Crime victim volunteers get awards from Princess Royal

PUBLISHED: 18:11 29 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:10 05 October 2010

TWO women from East London who volunteer to help victims of crime have been presented with awards by Princess Anne. They were among 25 winners at Victim Support's national awards recognised for their commitment

TWO women from East London who volunteer to help victims of crime have been presented with awards by Princess Anne.

Gloria Sherman from Chingford and Hilary Wood from Hornchurch were among 25 winners at Victim Support's second national awards held yesterday (Wednesday) who have been recognised for their commitment to help people cope in the aftermath of crime.

The charity's chairman, Sarah Phillips, said afterwards: "Gloria and Hilary have contributed so much to helping crime victims get their lives back on track.

"Volunteers liken them are crucial to our work with victims and witnesses, giving up their time for our charity."

The awards ceremony was compared by TV's Strictly Come Dancing star Rav Wilding, who presents Crimewatch, which were followed by a reception where the Princess Royal, who is Victim Support's president, met the winners and finalists.

The Victim Support organisation helps one-and-a-half million people every year with its trained staff and volunteers offering confidential support and practical help to anyone affected by crime, whether or not reported to police.

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