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Gay Farmer Helpline honoured by PM for ‘exceptional service’

The daily Points of Light award recognises ‘outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others’.

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Canon Keith Ineson, founder of the Gay Farmer Helpline.
Canon Keith Ineson, founder of the Gay Farmer Helpline.
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Gay Farmer Helpline honoured by PM for ‘exceptional service’ to community

Boris Johnson has honoured the founder of the Gay Farmer Helpline with a Points of Light award for his ‘exceptional service’ to the community.

 

Canon Keith Ineson, from Cheshire and now based in Northern Ireland, set up the helpline in 2010 to support men in isolated communities struggling with their sexuality.

 

Growing up in a farming family, Mr Ineson realised he was gay at the age of 14, but only felt able to come out at the age of 50.

 

The Gay Farmer Helpline is the only service of its kind in the UK.


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In a letter, the Prime Minister told him: “I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how you are using your unique, confidential helpline service to support men across the country who are living in isolated rural communities and are struggling with their sexuality and well-being.”

 

The daily Points of Light award recognises ‘outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others’.

 

Since the launch of the helpline, Mr Ineson and his team have helped almost 500 farmers and receive new callers every week.

 

To speak to a member of the Gay Farmer Helpline in either English or Welsh, call 07837 931 894 or email keithineson@gmail.com.

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