The chairman of the Crawley Neighbourhood Watch Association has received an MBE at Windsor Castle.
John Wright, who is also the chairman of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Federation, was recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his services to Neighbourhood Watch and the community of Crawley.
He was presented to the Queen to receive his award on Friday (November 22).
John, 62, said: “It was a great honour to be awarded the MBE and an even greater honour to have it presented to me personally by Her Majesty.
“She said congratulations on getting this award and then asked how is neighbourhood watch.
“I was very humbled. I’m always humble about this award. I don’t like talking about it because that’s the way I am.
“It was a fantastic day and so professional. The moment you get to the gates and the armed guards are there. Even they are so polite. All the staff thanked us for coming to Windsor Castle.”
John, who lives in Ifield, has been involved in Crawley Neighbourhood Watch for 13 years.
He said: “What I enjoy is the people and helping people.
“I get a kick out of that and trying to understand what their problems are and how we as individuals or as a community better their lives.
“Neighbourhood Watch is a family - working together with the police, Crawley Borough Council, Age UK, Victim Support to better our communities. We get involved with what matters to the neighbourhoods, but we can only make things better with the help of the neighbours.”
Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith said: “Over the last few years John Wright has worked closely with Sussex Police in the rejuvenation of Sussex Neighbourhood Watch. His determination and eye for innovation has put Sussex Neighbourhood Watch on the national map and has helped develop best practice for not just Sussex but for schemes and police forces across the country too.
“Volunteers like John are incredibly important in helping to make Sussex even safer.
“I am delighted to congratulate John in receiving this well-earned award and look forward to working in closer partnership with the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation.”