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Refugee Action founder honoured with MBE

By June 9, 2018June 20th, 2018Press release

Refugee Action founder Colin Hodgetts is to be awarded an MBE for services to refugees.

Mr Hodgetts set up Refugee Action in 1981 to respond to arrivals of Vietnamese refugees, who were being resettled in Britain.

He was appointed Chair of the charity in 1987, a position he held until 1992. He remained a trustee until 2015.

Stephen Hale, chief executive of Refugee Action, says:

“We’re delighted that Colin is to be honoured with an MBE recognising his tireless support of refugees.

“Under his leadership, the charity supported refugees from Vietnam, giving them the opportunity to rebuild their lives in Britain.

“He was a valued and long-serving member of Refugee Action’s board for 28 years. Colin remains a passionate champion of refugees’ rights.”


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