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Retired police chief inspector awarded prestigious League of Mercy award for supporting Brentwood charity

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 July 2019

Chairwoman of trustees at HBBS Counselling Sue Newth-Gibbs and retired Essex Police chief inspector Dennis Rensch. Picture: HBBS Counselling

Chairwoman of trustees at HBBS Counselling Sue Newth-Gibbs and retired Essex Police chief inspector Dennis Rensch. Picture: HBBS Counselling

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A retired Essex Police chief inspector has been awarded a prestigious accolade for his support of a Brentwood bereavement charity.

Dennis Rensch, who was made an MBE in 1999 for services to the community, was presented the League of Mercy award after a decade of supporting the Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service (HBBS).

He collected the accolade from The Rt Hon Lord Lingfield during a ceremony at the Mansion House on July 12.

Chairwoman of trustees at HBBS Sue Newth-Gibbs who accompanied Mr Rensch to the event, said: "It is because of Dennis' many contacts and his ability to persuade key people to support HBBS, that we are able to continue to play such a key role in supporting adults, young people and children in the local community through counselling."

In 2006 Mr Rensch was appointed to the role of deputy lieutenant of Essex, an official representative of the monarch across the county.

Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) earlier this month at an event to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The charity - which also provides a range of counselling to adults - is currently looking to partner with businesses across the area as it seeks funding to secure its counselling programme for primary school children with its Children In Need grant set to expire later this year.

Speaking about the award, Lord Lingfield, president of the League of Mercy, said: "We believe that it is vital to recognise and honour the work of volunteers. 
"By doing so we may develop public awareness of their work and encourage others to join them in giving up their time to the voluntary care of those in need."

The League of Mercy was founded in 1899 by the then Prince of Wales later to become Edward VII, it ceased in 1949 but was re-established in 1999 to honour the work of outstanding volunteers who are nominated by their respective charities.

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