Award-winning minister returns to Campbeltown

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Reverend Bob Akroyd, who won the national Butler Trust Award recently for his outstanding work in HMP Saughton, Edinburgh, will speak at Campbeltown Free Church.

Rev Akroyd will speak this Sunday afternoon, April 28, about his work as a prison chaplain and also his work among the homeless in Edinburgh.

The Butler Trust Award, presided over by HRH The Princess Royal, ‘recognises, celebrates, develops and disseminates outstanding work and best practice across UK prisons, probation and youth justice’.

Rev Akroyd, who is from New Jersey, United States of America, is a lecturer in the Edinburgh Theological Seminary, run by the Free Church. He has spoken several times in the Free Church in Campbeltown in the last few years, so will be known to many.

Joanne Smith, the acting residential officer in Saughton prison, described Rev Akroyd as ‘incredibly friendly, genuine and larger than life, and having the (widely-noted) knack of being able to remember the name of every person he meets.

She added: ‘He is regularly requested by name, by the individuals in our care who wish to seek the support, regardless of their own beliefs/faith or lack thereof in many cases.’

Rev Akroyd will be speaking at Café Church in the Free Church this Sunday at 2.30pm.