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2241. Matthew Bridger

Matthew Bridger, aged 23, from Ashford and Stoke-on-Trent, has founded multiple charities in Stoke and in Kent, where he was previously based, aimed at helping vulnerable members of the community.

Matthews dedication to supporting members of his local community first began when he founded ‘Unleashing Lives’ in 2018. The charity focused on helping young people in Kent get into business, full time education and apprenticeships. Since then, Matthew has supported a number of charities and initiatives within his local communities, including running a ‘Homeless Evening Support Team’. Matthew is currently establishing a further charity, ‘The Bridger Foundation, which supports local charities and causes through grants and provides mental health support to enable all members of his community to reach their full potential. 

Since 2017, Matthew has also organised an annual Christmas campaign, ‘The Little House Project’, to help support vulnerable members of the community in Kent. Working with local organisations, business and volunteers, Matthew donates over 200 shoeboxes, filled with essential supplies, to members of the community who are homeless at Christmas every year. 

Matthew works closely with his local MP, Jo Gideon, and will be presented with his award by her.

Jo Gideon, Matthew’s local MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, said:

“I am delighted that Matthew has been awarded with the prestigious Points of Light Award by the Prime Minister. Each week, I witness numerous acts of kindness from hardworking volunteers dedicated to improving our community. Matthew, in particular, stands out as a force of nature, with his personal commitment to service and volunteering leaving an indelible mark.

“His efforts have not only inspired but also brought together numerous individuals and organisations. This award is a well-deserved acknowledgment of Matthew’s impactful contributions to many communities and charities. I am delighted to offer my sincere congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.”

The Rt Hon Damian Green, MP for Ashford, said:

“Matthew’s work with the Little Shoe Box project is a great example of how an individual can make a difference to so many people. It is great to see him recognised in this way.”

Matthew said:

“I am truly touched and deeply honoured to receive the United Kingdom’s 2241st Points of Light award from the Prime Minister for my efforts in making a positive impact on the world. Service and volunteering have become integral parts of my life, leading me on an incredibly rewarding journey to contribute wherever and however I can.

“This award holds special meaning not just for me, but for all the remarkable individuals who have been part of my endeavours. I share this honour with each one of them and express heartfelt gratitude for their invaluable contributions. 

“Being part of a community that shares a common vision for a better world is a true blessing, and I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to contribute to our community. I remain steadfast in the ongoing journey of giving back and addressing the critical issues that shape our world.

“This award is more than just a recognition of my efforts; it is a testament to the power of collaboration and the impact we can make when we come together with a shared purpose. I firmly believe that everyone has a voice and the power to change the world – it is our sole responsibility to use it, and that is what I will continue to do.”

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