1433. Rob Biddulph
Rob Biddulph, from London, is a children’s author and illustrator who has helped over 3 million families staying at home to get creative through his free #DrawWithRob online tutorials.
This has included breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest online art lesson on 21 May 2020, when 45,611 participants drew a whale with Rob at the same time. He has also raised over £50,000 in donations towards a COVID-19 charity fund, and has now launched a new activity book based on his #DrawWithRob series.
In a personal letter to Rob, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I wanted to write to congratulate you on your Guinness World Record for the largest online art session – and to thank you for the way you have brought joy to others, as our communities unite against Coronavirus.
“As our country observed the toughest restrictions in living memory, you inspired the creative spirit of the nation with millions of families tuning in to your #DrawWithRob series and spending special time together honing their artistic skills.
“So on behalf of the whole country, I am delighted to recognise your service to others by naming you as the UK’s 1433rd Point of Light.”
“I have been amazed at the response to my videos since the start of lockdown and am delighted to have been able to give children something to regularly look forward to during this strange and unsettling time. This award is a total surprise and I am truly humbled to have been recognised alongside so many inspirational people.”
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