We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded The High Sheriffs’ Shield for 2021-22, for the frontline work by our SOS Buses and supporting vulnerable people in Essex.

Chief Executive, Sarah Wright attended the High Sheriff’s Fund award ceremony last week, hosted by Essex Community Foundation, who manage the High Sheriff’s Charitable Fund.  The High Sheriffs’ Shield was presented to Sarah Wright by High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Brice.

Essex Community Foundation said of the award, “This is in recognition of their outstanding work helping people who are struggling with addiction and for their SOS Buses.”  £2,000 awarded from The High Sheriffs’ Fund will support our latest awareness and prevention campaign on the prevalent and growing issue of drink ‘spiking’, which affects many people on nights out across the county.

Sarah said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be this year’s recipient of the prestigious High Sheriffs’ Shield.  The award was completely unexpected and is all thanks to the very hard work of our fantastic staff and volunteers.  Open Road’s sole purpose is to help vulnerable people in local communities and we just couldn’t do that without the dedication, care and support that our people give to those in need on the frontline.  Thank you to the High Sheriff and Essex Community Foundation for this wonderful accolade and for awarding us £2,000 to help create safer night time economies for all to enjoy.  We are extremely grateful.”


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