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Herts pet therapy charity nominated for top award

 Published on: 23rd October 2018   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hertfordshire-based volunteer scheme which provides support to victims of crime has been named runner up at a top awards ceremony. 

Members of the RAPPAW scheme headed to London for the 25th annual Lord Ferrers Awards on Tuesday, October 16 which celebrate the contributions of police support volunteers, special constables, volunteer police cadets and volunteers supporting the work of Police and Crime Commissioners.

RAPPAW was set up by retired Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Jane Swinburne in 2016 and utilises trained volunteers and their dogs to help vulnerable witnesses. 

Jane said: “I am so proud of RAPPAW. The volunteers, or RAPPAWers as we know them, are so committed. This scheme was a brand new concept and the RAPPAWers embrace it, give of their time and work with their four-legged best friends to bring comfort, companionship and solace to some of our county’s most vulnerable victims.”

The scheme is now coordinated by Julie Morrison who also scooped Volunteer Advisor of the Year at the Constabulary’s own Annual Volunteers’ Awards ceremony this year.

“To even be nominated for this prestigious award was such an honour,” said Julie, who works within the Constabulary’s Workforce Development team. 

“We had a fantastic time at the ceremony and hearing the stories of the other nominees was truly inspiring. 

“The RAPPAW scheme has gone from strength to strength and I want to thank everyone involved for their dedication which has undoubtedly made a difference to so many.”

For more information about this year’s ceremony, visit 

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