John Murray and Chris Hukins receiving their awards for outstanding and continued volunteer support
I am John Murray, and I live in Poole in Dorset. I have been volunteering for Prison Me No Way for over 8 years now, and although I left HM Prison Service in 2016, intend to carry on this work.
I thoroughly enjoy working with PMNW, especially working alongside my local sidekick and former HMP Guys Marsh colleague, Chris Hukins.
I believe that this work is invaluable in helping to dissuade young people from making silly mistakes, that can have massive consequences for themselves and others.
Hi; I am Chris Hukins. I currently live in Templecombe in South Somerset, a lovely little village with a great history. Talking of history; perhaps I had better tell you a little something of my self.
I have served Her Majesty for many years, firstly with the Royal Navy. Having joined as a ‘Boy’ sailor at the age of 15 years. Not a lot older than some of the Pupils that we currently work with. After 12 years of Naval Service, I was discharge, due to an injury to my left leg.
What can I do with myself that is worthwhile, as being in ‘The Senior Service’ is a tall order to live up to. After a couple of years bumbling around ‘Civvy Street’ I finally joined HM Prison Service. At first didn’t settle too well! Then all of a sudden it was 35 years and they were telling me to go!! What!!! …. Oh goodness what do I do now, I have been busy all my working life and am not prepared to lay down and play dead just yet.
My dear wife, being the girl she is would not let me rest on my Laurels for too long and suggested that I apply to be a volunteer with ‘The No Way Trust’ and as she was involved in training even had information as to when the next training at Newbold was about to go ahead. So I applied, and as they say the rest is history. You have put up with me now for 5 years, and I don’t plan to hang the gun up yet!!! Love the work that we do. It makes me feel of value and that at my ‘Senior’ age can make a bit of a difference.