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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

Sussex Anna Chaplain is a ‘coronation champion’

Updated: May 4, 2023

A warm congratulations to charity founder and Anna Chaplain Gail Millar, who has been named one of the 500 volunteers celebrated as part of King Charles III’s Coronation festivities.

Gail runs Befriended in Burgess Hill, mid-Sussex. The Coronation Champions Awards, launched by the Royal Voluntary Service honour the work of extraordinary people who make a difference in their community across the UK.

All 500 volunteers who have been selected as coronation champions will receive an official coronation champions pin badge, a signed certificate from the King and Queen Consort and an invitation to a Coronation Garden Party on 3 May at Buckingham Palace.

An article on the Chichester Diocese website explains how, ‘as an Anna Chaplain, Gail was acutely aware of the epidemic of loneliness, not just amongst older people living in Mid-Sussex but among people who were marginalised in society. With a small group of friends from local churches, they agreed they needed to respond to the issue.’

In November 2021 Gail and colleagues were commissioned as Anna Chaplains within Befriended by the bishop of Horsham, Right Revd Ruth Bushyager.

Gail Millar and Jill Phipps are co-authors of the BRF resource Grief Conversations.

Bishop Ruth Bushyager (left) and Gail (far right) at the commissioning service in 2021.




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