A MAN who spent 25 years working for the YMCA has been thanked by his Burton colleagues following his retirement.
John Cox (pictured far right) was a former trustee and chairman of the board of the YMCA in the mid-1990s, before becoming a development officer in 2004.
He was heavily involved with helping to fund and develop the infrastructure of the organisation.
Chief executive of Burton YMCA Paul Laffey said: “John made a huge contribution to the YMCA over 25 years. He was passionate about transforming the lives of vulnerable people and assisted us to develop programmes that really did make a difference to thousands of lives.”
Mr Laffey said John was dedicated to developing the adult homeless training and support facility Reconnect, which opened in 2011. Since then, the centre has seen more than 2,000 people visit to collect a food parcel, take a shower or seek emergency accommodation.
He added: “We will miss John greatly and wish both him and his wife Val a very happy retirement.”
John had recently been involved with helping to develop and promote the Local Crisis Support Scheme, which was funded by Staffordshire County Council but was reliant on funding via donations and the work put in by a dedicated team of volunteers.
At his recent retirement celebration, John said: “Working at the Burton YMCA has been the best job I’ve ever had, and I’ve worked with such a great team of people.”
In addition, he drew attention to the ongoing work carried out by the YMCA for vulnerable young people in Burton and also thanked the support shown by members of the public.
John added: “As anyone who lives in the town knows there has been a rise in demand for help among those in need over the last few years.
“We are still extremely dependent on the goodwill of local people to meet, for example, the rapidly rising demand for food parcels in Burton.”