Today, PC Andy Whitehall is being presented with his MBE at Buckingham Palace.
He is the driving force behind the Right Stuff Boxing Project, which started out life at The Den in Stone, provides a positive focus for hundreds of young people and adults in towns within the county.
As well as boxing lessons and the opportunity to gain coaching qualifications, each youngster signs up to a voluntary good behaviour contract and agrees to take part in community projects. This includes litter picking, gardening and taking food parcels to the elderly.
Andy who is based in Stafford, gives up much of his own time to run the clubs in Stafford, Stone, Huntington and Cannock.
Andy’s award is richly deserved and his influence has been life-changing for some young people. He’s an outstanding officer who gives up a massive amount of time to work with youngsters.
The Right Stuff is open to all young people, but referrals from social services, youth offending teams, parent support workers and education welfare officers are important. Some adult offenders are also referred to the scheme – many then develop into positive role models for youngsters.
The project is supported and sustained through the invaluable contribution of adult volunteers.
Andy’s boxing clubs are great places for young people to go to so they can channel their energies into positive activity. This can help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour problems for local residents and businesses.