Widnes Foodbank receive this year's Josephine Butler Award

The Josephine Butler Trust presented three awards at a special ceremony on 24th May.

The Trust aims to fund projects in and around Merseyside that relate to the life and work of Josephine Butler by highlighting issues such as criminal justice or domestic abuse, or that promote women’s empowerment, notably in a church setting.

Josephine Butler was one of the most revolutionary and energetic social reformers of the nineteenth century. She campaigned vigorously against the sexual exploitation of vulnerable women and children striving for legislative reform to provide some degree of protection, equality and justice. She was heavily involved in advocating for improved education for women notably access to Universities and for women’s suffrage.

The awards are sponsored by the Trustees in partnership with The Canon Chancellor of Liverpool Cathedral and the Officers of Church & Society.

Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners. The main Josephine Butler Award was given to Widnes Foodbank and the award was received by Clare Bedford (pictured). About Widnes Foodbank: ‘We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.’

The scholarship was awarded to Helen Gedge for her research project to help Brazilian women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

The Volunteer Award was presented to Joan Walters, a committed volunteer with the Friends of the Cathedral, Hope + Foodbank and for over 50 years The Children’s Society which was Joan’s chosen charity for the Award.

The Annual Josephine Butler School’s Day held in the Cathedral in April, hosted 83 year 7 pupils from five schools across the Diocese for worship and workshops on the theme of ’Who is my Neighbour?’