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Anglia guide wins bravery award

Richard Burgess, one of Anglia’s team of expert guides, certainly has many strings to his bow. Not only is he a Detective Sergeant with Essex Police but he is also undertaking the discernment process for ordination as a Church of England Priest.



As you can probably tell from his line of work, Richard has a passion for justice and this is, something which comes through when he guiding. He particularly enjoys leading tours, such as those to Auschwitz and Krakow, which afford students a chance to consider various moral and ethical issues, and is well placed to help students develop a greater understanding of difficult subjects such as the Holocaust . That said, he could never have imagined that his own morals and values would be put to the test in a life threatening situation.



Earlier this year Richard made his first visit to Israel on a pilgrimage tour arranged by the Church. While at the Catholic cemetery on Mount Zion he saw a woman and a screaming child running in his direction accompanied by. When she cried out for help, Richard immediately ran to the alley which the woman was pointing to where he saw a man with a kippah being assaulted by three other men. Richard knew that  he could not simply stand back and allow this happen. We’ll let him tell you about the incident in his own words.



As a result of this extremely courageous act , Richard was nominated by his colleagues in Essex Police for a National Police Bravery Award, an award he was presented with by the Prime Minister at a ceremony held in July this year.

Everyone at Anglia is extremely proud of Richard and would also like to commend him on the actions he took which exemplified his personal beliefs. He has set a wonderful example for those who join him on the tours he leads..




Richard is just one of the many amazing guides we have at Anglia who go above and beyond their duty. If you’d like to find out more about Richard you can view his profile here