Time Is Precious

755. Neil Halford (Somerset)
756. Nicky Halford (Somerset)

Neil and Nicky, from Radstock, have raised over £500,000 in memory of their son.

Neil and Nicky Halford are the founders of Time Is Precious, which creates a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for sick children and their families in hospitals. To date they have raised over £500,000 to support projects at 3 hospitals across the South West. Time Is Precious has funded therapy rooms, parent rooms and extensive play areas, and provides iPads, sensory equipment and even comfy chairs for parents to relax in.   

In a personal letter to Neil and Nicky, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“Together, your work with Time is Precious is making a huge difference to the lives of sick children and their families in hospitals across the South West of England. It is an extraordinary way to honour the memory of your son Ben, and you should be proud of the impact your fundraising is having on these families.”

Neil and Nicky’s local MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said:

“I am delighted to hear that my constituents, Neil and Nicky Halford, are the latest winners of the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award.  Their fundraising achievements in memory of their son, Ben, are outstanding and they should feel extremely proud that they are helping to support the lives of children who are ill and their families.  I am pleased that the Prime Minister has recognised Mr. and Mrs. Halford’s hard work, dedication and selflessness which is especially generous during a time of personal loss and I offer them my hearty congratulations.”

Neil and Nicky said:

We are absolutely honoured to be selected for the Points of Light award. We could not believe it when we had the phone call, it still hasn’t sunk in. We hope we have done our son Ben proud! We really do appreciate this award. We work extremely hard, but could not have achieved what we have without the support of our trustees, volunteers & the public. We volunteer because we want to help make a difference to those who find themselves in a similar situation as what we were in with Ben. It is very difficult and trying to find family time can be a challenge. Helping to improve the environment and facilities for children and their families whilst in hospital, as well as receiving feedback from families, makes it all worthwhile.”

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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