Maureen Reynel MBE, founder of FIND (Families in Need) has been recognised for her unswerving determination and tenacity to address poverty at the Suffolk High Sheriff Awards, winning the Suffolk Inspiring Leader Award.
Having founded FIND in 1990, Maureen has supported over 50,000 people with basic food parcels, white goods, beds, bedding, school uniforms, nappies and more. FIND help care of those who find it difficult to care for themselves at some point in their life. The demand for food parcels and other items has grown year on year.
Maureen helps everyone who needs it and her vision to help those most in need has inspired thousands of volunteers in the 25+ years she has run FIND, and without Maureen and the dedicated team of volunteers she leads, Ipswich and the surrounding area would not have this provision that is so badly needed.
Maureen Reynel said, “being nominated for the High Sheriff’s Suffolk Inspiring Leader award and to then be chosen as a winner is a great honour, and an endorsement that years of reaching out to those in need has made a difference to thousands of individuals. Thank you, Genesis, for nominating me and to the High Sheriff George Vesty, and the judges who deemed me worthy. The grant I was awarded will go to the FIND 50 campaign to help move into a new food bank this year.”
The Suffolk Inspiring Leader Award was shared with five other Suffolk leaders for their selfless contribution to society.
The Suffolk High Sheriff Awards are designed to reward volunteers, charities and community groups in Suffolk who devote their time and energy to improve the communities in which they live and work. The Suffolk High Sheriff Awards were organised by Suffolk Community Foundation and held at Wherstead Park, Ipswich. Nine awards were presented in total.