Mr Richard Pemberton is the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire

Mr Richard Pemberton is the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.  Richard was installed at a service in March 2017, taking over the role from the outgoing High Sheriff Sir David Arculus.

High Sheriffs take on a personal responsibility for fundraising for charity throughout their year in office.

Richard completed a 3 day walk covering 54 miles in Pembrokeshire from Strumble Head to Druidstone to raise money to support charitable projects working with young people through the High Sheriff's Award Scheme.  Read the story of the walk below and to sponsor Richard please go his JustGiving page

We set off at 830am into a 50mph headwind and heavy rain....

Dear Friends

I am writing to thank you all so much for your generous sponsorship of my Pembrokeshire Coastal Walk in aid of The High Sherrif’s Fund, which is being administered by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

The walk took place between Saturday 10th and Monday 12th June. In total, my daughter Rose and myself walked 58 miles from Strumble Head to Druidstone with 18 of Rose’s school friends from Maidwell Hall Prep School and 20 parents.

Following a six hour drive to Wales from Northamptonshire, the adventure started on night one. The weather was appalling with gale force winds and driving rain. Needless to say sleep was at a premium and we awoke to collapsed tents and damp clothing. However, spirits were still high. Following porridge and cooked breakfast we set off at 830am into a 50mph headwind and heavy rain. Within minutes everybody was soaked to the skin and navigation was difficult due to limited visibility. We walked for 10 hours that day stopping only for packed lunch at a local pub and treatment of blisters. On arrival at our campsite that evening, the children were exhausted, but there was a real sense of achievement at having arrived in one piece.

Eventually the rain stopped and after a better night’s sleep, we awoke to clear skies and less wind. The coastline was stunning, and we had numerous stops along the route to swim in beautiful coves and saw lots of wildlife including seals and other marine birds. The children were very excited to swim in the cove where the Red Bull cliff diving took place, although none were brave enough to try the high platform, which was well over 75 metres above the water! The resilience shown by the children was remarkable with one boy walking 18 miles with a broken bone in his foot without a single word of complaint and another walking the last 5 miles with 2 pairs of socks and inner soles made from rubber splint material because his walking shoes were 2 sizes too small!

That night we had a wonderful BBQ supper around the camp fire and everybody went to bed in high spirits dreaming that the end was in sight. Waking up on day 3 the weather was glorious and liberal qualities of suncream were applied for the first time. The whole day’s walk involved heading south around St. Brides Bay with Wales looking at its best. Following lunch at Whitesands Beach we eventually arrived at the Druidstone Hotel to a warm welcome, hot baths and comfortable beds. After a delicious Mexican supper, thorough debrief and congratulations all round, we finally rolled into bed at about 11pm.

Due to your generosity, I have managed to raise £11,687 towards my final target of £15,000

Rose and her school friends have managed to raise in excess of £60,000 towards a charity called Elifar (Every Life is for a Reason) which provides specialist equipment to enable often terminally ill children to remain at home, but also to keep up with their friends. For example, funds will be used to buy specially adapted trikes so the child can go on a family bike ride.

When I asked Rose what she thought of the walk, she replied that it was the toughest thing that she had ever done, but compared to what the Elifar children have to face on a daily basis, it was a walk in the park. From my own perspective, day one was certainly the worst conditions I have ever had to walk in. However, the whole experience was hugely rewarding it was wonderful to see the children, who had started as a large number of over excited individuals, really come together and finish as one team of close friends There were hardly any complaints, especially from the children and they all agreed that it had been one of the highlights of their lives.

Best Wishes

Richard Pemberton
High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire

20 June 2017

The Role of the High Sheriff and the High Sheriff’s Award Scheme

A High Sheriff is appointed by Her Majesty at a meeting of the Privy Council, for one year.  The Office of High Sheriff is over 1,000 years old and the key elements of the role are supporting those who administer law and order.

It is an apolitical role, undertaken on a voluntary basis, at no cost to the public purse and so is well suited to lending support and encouragement to charities, community groups and voluntary services.

The High Sheriff’s Award Scheme was established in Cambridgeshire over 18 years ago to support this charitable work.  It recognises achievement and awards grants to projects involving young people in positive activities which benefit the community. The Cambridgeshire High Sheriff’s Award Scheme is managed by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

Groups can apply for grants of up to £750 which will be awarded to projects that encourage young people to volunteer in their community for the benefit of others.

16/17 Awards

Turtle Dove Cambridge received a 16/17 High Sheriff Award to enable young women who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET to hold a tea party for isolated older people

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire received a 16/17 High Sheriff Award to put on an inter-generational community event involving older people in residential homes and young carers

The Froglife Trust received a 16/17 High Sheriff Award to cover the line management and office rent for running a project providing environment and wildlife based activities for local disadvantaged young people

Reuseful UK received a 16/17 High Sheriff Award to recruit and coordinate a team of unemployed volunteers with limited work skills to create craft packs for children with life limiting illnesses

Histon & Impington Parish Council received a 16/17 High Sheriff Award to enable local young people to attend a Level One Youth Work Course

Young People March received a 16/17 High Sheriff Award to run an accredited Health and Safety in the Work Place training course for young people

Viva Arts and Community Group received a 16/17 High Sheriff Award to run a musical theatre project consisting of workshops, master-classes, skills training, rehearsals and performances

Sawston Youth Group received a 16/17 High Sheriff Award to run a new programme for young people to engage in volunteering to refresh the environment around local community landmarks