National award for Ayrshire councillor

Peter Convery (left) is pictured receiving his award from Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP.
Peter Convery (left) is pictured receiving his award from Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP.

Peter Convery, who lives in South Ayrshire and is a South Ayrshire Councillor, has been honoured with The Stanley Pritchard Award 2012 for his work with the Fishermen’s Mission.

National Charity, the Fishermen’s Mission held their 127th Annual Meeting at Trinity House, London, among the 85 guests were leaders from maritime charities and associations, corporate supporters, friends and associates of the Fishermen’s Mission and Richard Benyon MP, Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries.

It was at this award ceremony that Peter Convery received his award. The Reverend Stanley Pritchard, was a religious broadcaster and freelance writer who in 1976, became the first appeals director in Scotland for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. His ‘’diligent, methodical, and novel’’ fundraising efforts resulted in him raising the funds for the rapid modernisation, to the highest standards, of the 14 Scottish Mission Centres. He almost single handedly provided the funds for this mammoth task.

Peter was nominated for this award by Paula Daley, Centre Manager at the Fishermen’s Mission, Troon who said: “Peter covers the last shift every Saturday evening from 7 to 9.30 pm. This is an extraordinary commitment. His rapport with the fishermen is excellent and he handles everything that comes his way. He attends all our fundraising events, rolling up his sleeves, in the Mission way to lend a hand. He drives our mini bus for our retired fishermen’s group outings and always comes to our Christmas Day celebrations.”

“Peter has visited all the churches in Troon to preach about the work of the Mission and engages supporters wherever he travels. He is a wonderful ambassador and talks passionately about our work. I have appreciated his sensible advice and gentle guidance.”

Peter Convery said: “It is a great pleasure to be awarded the Stanley Prichard Award. From the very early days of the Troon Mission it has been a real privilege to bring care and support to Fishermen of various nationalities. None of that could have happened without the support of Troon Churches Together, our Christian community answered the call to work for and sustain the Fishermen’s Mission. That work continues every day of the year thanks to the team’s deep Christian faith and commitment to all those that pass through our door.

If you would like to know more about the work of the Fishermen’s Mission and how you can help them you can look at their website www.fishermensmission.org.uk or call 01489 566910.