The man who founded a charity in Hemel Hempstead which has gone on to help thousands of children across the world has been honoured by the Queen for a second time.
Dr Bob Parsons, of Warners End, set up Hope for Children back in 1994 and has seen it grow into a multinational organisation supporting street children affected by everything from natural disasters to civil wars.
He had already been awarded an MBE for his humanitarian work with larger charity Save the Children, but in last week’s Queen’s Birthday Honours he was recognised for a second time, this time for his own charity which has its base in Bridge Street and provides on the ground support for families in nine countries across the globe, including the UK.
Bob said: “I was delighted to receive the award of OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
“The award is particularly fitting as it coincides with Hope for Children’s 20th anniversary. In receiving this award I want to thank our local staff and partners in Uganda, Sri Lanka, the Phillipines, India, Ghana and Zimbabwe, where to date we have assisted more than 70,000 disadvantaged children.”
Bob now awaits details of his next visit to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and says he is very much looking forward to it.
Hope’s chief executive Simon Jackman said: “Bob is an inspirational man who thoroughly deserves this honour.
“Through his career and founding of Hope, he has helped so many disadvantaged children and their families. We are delighted that in this, our 20th anniversary year, his contributions have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.”
A concert at St John’s Church in Boxmoor to mark the charity’s anniversary held was held earlier this month. It raked in more than £1,300 for Hope’s UK Small Grants Programme, which aims to assist families in Dacorum and beyond who have fallen through the gaps of the large support organisations.