Honour for Kirkham jail library chief

Kirkham Prison
Kirkham Prison

Sarah Fleming, the Library Manager at HMP Kirkham open prison, has been presented with a Butler Trust Commendation by the Trust’s Patron, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

The Butler Trust Annual Awards, which are now in their 32nd year, honour outstanding work by staff and volunteers working in prisons, probation and youth justice across the UK.

Sarah’s work as HMP Kirkham’s Library Manager redefines what a prison library can be and has had an impact on the entire establishment

Chairman of the Awarding Panel, Sir Michael Harrison said: “Sarah’s work as HMP Kirkham’s Library Manager redefines what a prison library can be and has had an impact on the entire establishment.

“The White Rose’, which was one of just 12 works commissioned for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day ‘Flames for Humanity’s Heroes’ exhibition. Sarah is a well deserved winner.

Simon Shepherd, Director of the Trust, said:“In her annual Christmas Day address, The Queen spoke about the cumulative impact of ‘ordinary people doing extraordinary things’.

“That’s exactly what the Butler Trust Awards are for, and they are an important reminder that, behind the negative headlines, are some remarkable people doing an exceptional job, every day, on behalf of the people in their charge.”