Bishop to be patron of the Street Angels

A VOLUNTEER group which started in Halifax to help people stay safe on the streets at night has welcomed its first patron.

Bishop of Pontefract Tony Robinson has been appointed to the post for the Street Angels, who were founded in Calderdale and now work in towns across Britain.

He has been a supporter of the project for several years and as patron he will be speaking on behalf of and advocating the work of the charity.

He said he was proud to be taking on the role. “I am privileged to have been asked to take on this important role within the charity. Having heard the recent statistic that Halifax in my own diocese has a significant reduction in violent crime within the town centre, I am committed to enabling projects and groups work towards that in their own town.

“One of my passions is to see communities transformed, and Christian Nightlife Initiatives goes a long way to achieving that.

“I very much look to see where the charity goes next and I offer my support to opening doors and creating conversations.”

Director of development at Christian Nightlife Initiatives Adam May said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Bishop Tony to the Christian Nightlife Initiatives family. Having met Bishop Tony before, he is the obvious choice for us given his commitment to Street Angels in his own diocese and advocacy so far for our national vision. I look forward to working closely with the Bishop in seeking to spread the news of Christian Nightlife Initiative wider than Yorkshire.”