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Donovan McGrath receives Butler Trust Award for work at HMP Wandsworth


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Middlesex University alumnus Donovan Lee McGrath was presented with a prestigious Butler Trust Award by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, during a packed ceremony at Buckingham Palace in March 2013.

Princess Anne presents Donovan Mcgrath (second left) with his Butler Trust Award

Donovan and two colleagues, Kevin Field and Simon Sujeewon, were nominated for the award in recognition of their work at 'Radio Wanno', HMP Wandsworth's 24-hour, prisoner-led radio station.

The team received extensive praise for their provision of vocational training and support to prisoners working at the radio station, while simultaneously broadcasting essential information and advice throughout the establishment.

Commenting on the award, Donovan said: "The Butler Trust Award is the highest accolade one can achieve while working in a correctional setting so I felt very honoured when I found out that I and two of my colleagues would be recipients of this prestigious award.

"Princess Anne is the charity's Patron, and I was thrilled to receive the award from her at Buckingham Palace."

Having graduated from Middlesex in 2006 with an MA in Film and Visual Cultures, Donovan, 56, now teaches Swahili at educational institutions across London alongside his work for the Prison Service.

He also co-edits the magazine Tanzanian Affairs, which is published by the Britain-Tanzania Society.

To find out more about Donovan you can visit his website.

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