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4 year old fundraiser

292. Izzy Russell

Fundraising whizz Izzy Russell, age 4 ½ from Fowey, is the youngest ever recipient of the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award.

10 Downing Street

Supporting the local Fowey RNLI station is a family affair for Izzy – her dad Adam is a crewman and mum Jodie volunteers in the gift shop. Izzy wanted to do her bit to help “daddy’s boat” so last summer she made and sold £100 loom bands for £1 each. Since then she has also gone out collecting donations for the charity and sold badges to raise an impressive £360. Izzy plans to continue her fundraising this summer and is hard at work making beaded keyrings to sell for the charity.

 Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Izzy has made supporting Fowey RNLI a real family affair as the third member of the family to support the lifeboat station. Her enthusiasm for fundraising at such a young age is truly impressive and the £360 she has raised will directly benefit her local community. I know she has more fundraising ideas planned and I wish her all the best in continuing to support a cause so close to her heart.”

Izzy said:

“I’m excited to get a certificate, l don’t have a certificate yet & it can go on my wall with all my preschool stickers!” Izzy’s mum, Jodie Keeler said: “I’m so proud of Izzy and what she does. Her dedication for this charity at such a young age is just outstanding, she’s my superstar!”

Izzy’s MP Steve Double said:

“I was delighted to hear that Izzy has received this award. For someone so young I was very impressed by her amazing fundraising achievements to date. It is a real credit to Izzy, who is from Fowey, that she is the youngest ever recipient of this award. Many people owe their lives to the RNLI and it is good to acknowledge the incredible work they do around our coastline. Izzy’s contribution, receiving this award and her continuing fundraising will only go to highlight their important work. Many congratulations to Izzy and I hope one day to meet her and purchase one of her loom bands.”

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

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