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Christian Aid lifer awarded MBE

Christian Aid would like to congratulate Dr Roy Barry, who was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for his services to Christian Aid.

Dr Roy Barry

Dr Roy Barry 

The 79-year-old retired lecturer from Sheffield has worked with Christian aid for over 40 years and has shown an extraordinary degree of dedication in the fight against world poverty.

Motivated by a vision for a more just world and a belief that things can be changed, Roy’s determination and hard work has had a significant impact both nationally and in South Yorkshire.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s Roy was instrumental in founding the World Development Movement (WDM) as a national organisation and served on its central committee for a number of years.   

In the 1980s he was organising secretary for Christian Aid in South Yorkshire.  During this time he substantially raised awareness of development issues within local churches and initiated a number of extremely successful fundraising initiatives, including two sponsored walks in the Derbyshire Peak District which continue to thrive. 

However, Roy’s most outstanding contribution has been as a volunteer.  He has served unstintingly for almost four decades both on the Sheffield Christian Aid committee and as organising secretary for the Sheffield branch of WDM. 

A dedicated campaigner on development issues he has been a driving force in building a campaigning movement in the Sheffield area.  In particular he has initiated joint working between campaigners from church and non-church backgrounds.

Roy demonstrates an impressive knowledge of development issues and is highly respected in the South Yorkshire area for his expertise and as a great inspiration to younger campaigners and activists.  

At almost 80 Roy recently retired from active involvement with Christian Aid and WDM.  However, his exemplary contribution will continue to inspire those who take up the baton.