The Prime Minister's daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making positive changes in their communities. Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award.
The UK award was set up in partnership with the US Points of Light Foundation, which was established over 25 years ago and has since recognised over 6,000 inspiring volunteers in the US.
Since then hundreds of people have been named Points of Light by the Prime Minister, highlighting an enormous array of innovative and inspirational volunteering across the length and breadth of Britain.
We are delighted to announce that on the 21st August 2018 Luke Rees will become the 982nd Point of Light Award winner. This is a way of the Prime Minister saying 'thank you' for his outstanding voluntary service. We also hope that by shining a light on Lukes volunteering work, we can inspire others to volunteer.
In a personal letter to Luke, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“The work you do to inspire young people to get involved in sport and social action is supporting people to boost their mental health, discover new passions and make a difference. By drawing on your own experiences and speaking openly about tough times you are helping tackle the stigma that can too often surround discussions about mental health.”
Speaking about his award Luke said: “I’m deeply honoured and humbled to be receiving such an incredible award such as the Point of Light from the Prime Minister. I am extremely grateful for the recognition I have received for my social action work but I’m thankful for amazing opportunities organisations have given me that has allowed me to grow and develop far beyond my wildest expectations.
As a young person growing up with depression I never fully believed in myself and ability. In my work I hope to inspire a generation of young people to believe in themselves in order to unlock their full potential. I know in my life I have made mistakes but I regret nothing, even if my past was full of hurt, I still look back and smile because it made me who I am today. Nothing in life worth having comes easy and although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
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