Rev Colin Hodgetts awarded MBE for services to refugees
The Rev Colin Hodgetts has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to refugees through his work with the charity Refugee Action in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Colin is the vicar for the Abbotsham Benefice in the Harland Deanery in North Devon.
Colin set up the charity in 1981 having created 14 reception centres for Vietnamese refugees across the UK and was a trustee for the charity until 2016.
Colin said: “I feel it is not I who has been honoured by the award but Refugee Action. Our programme in the beginning had some novel features. I refused to accept the offer of army camps as reception centres. Instead we set up a network of fourteen centres each holding about 80 refugees and a residential school. We have offered support to the Vietnamese for 20 years.
“Since then the charity has dealt with many other groups and is still campaigning for more humane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.”
The charity’s vision is that refugees and asylum seekers will be welcome in the UK. They will get justice, live free of poverty and be able to successfully rebuild their lives.
Colin’s autobiography, Action! A Cleric off the Leash is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.