Donna Jones, Lorna Toner & Teresa Wright [not pictured] are granted a Commendation by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal for their role in making HMP Drake Hall the first whole prison to gain ‘Enabling Environment’ status from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Officers Donna Jones and Lorna Toner, and Custodial Manager Teresa Wright, from Drake Hall women’s prison, in Eccleshall, have been presented with a prestigious Butler Trust Commendation by the Butler Trust’s Patron, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

 The Butler Trust Annual Awards, which are now in their 32nd year, honour outstanding work by staff and volunteers working in prisons, probation and youth justice across the UK. This year’s Award Ceremony was held at St James’s Palace, with The Princess Royal presiding, as she has each year since the Trust’s launch.

 Simon Shepherd, Director of the Trust, said:

“In her annual Christmas Day address, The Queen spoke about the cumulative impact of ‘ordinary people doing extraordinary things’. That’s exactly what the Butler Trust Awards are for, and they are an important reminder that, behind the negative headlines, are some remarkable people doing an exceptional job, every day, on behalf of the people in their charge and the public they serve.”

Speaking about their Commendation, the Chair of the Awarding Panel, Sir Michael Harrison said:

“Teresa, Lorna and Donna have together inspired, driven, and then helped deliver a truly unique achievement for UK prisons – and a rare one for any organisation: becoming the first prison to be accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists with an Enabling Environments Award for the establishment as a whole. It’s an incredibly inspiring achievement, that reflects well on them, on Drake Hall and, in fact, on the entire sector, too.”