Cakes and gifts given to staff at Norwich Prison
Prison officers and staff at Norwich Prison were the latest recipients of cakes and food hampers from the Gateway Vineyard 1000 Hours campaign team.
A team went to the prison on April 17 to hand out 15 hampers plus huge cakes, explained children & families pastor, Marc Lillystone.
“We just wanted to say thank you to a group of public servants who work hard behind closed doors.
“It was such a privilege to partner with the lead chaplain Father Paulinus and the Prison Governor Declan Moore. One of our church members works at the prison and made the suggestion as a project. These officers and staff do a tough job and don’t often get much thanks from the public as they work behind locked doors and high walls.”
The hampers were made up from donations from people at Gateway Vineyard and freshly baked cakes were also donated. Staff from each wing and administrative block came to the chapel to receive their gifts and the team were able to explain about 1000 hours and why they wanted to bless the staff with a token of appreciation.
“Staff and officers were visibly moved to be receiving the gifts,” said Marc, “particularly in the context of events that have happened recently and even that morning in the prison.
Pictured above is church pastor Craig Deal outside Norwich Prison.