669. David Scott
David Scott, 61 from Mansfield, co-founded the National Police Aid Convoys charity 24 years ago to coordinate humanitarian aid deliveries around the world.
David and his team send out 30 containers a year to countries across Asia, Africa and Europe with a range of emergency and developmental aid donated by large organisations and smaller charities unable to afford transportation costs.
Recent donations organised by the National Police Aid Convoys include the New Scotland Yard’s library which is now training future policemen in Zambia, sets of airline blankets for refugees and unused hospital beds now increasing the capacity in one of Pakistan’s busy hospitals. The charity has a core team of 200 volunteers which increases to 2000 throughout the year.
In a personal letter to David, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“The ‘National Police Aid Convoys’ charity you co-founded is supporting emergency aid to reach vulnerable international communities when they need it most. Under your chairmanship, your network of volunteers – now from all walks of life – are inspired to give so much to these important missions.“
“This award is for the whole team. Each one of them plays to their strengths to help people they’re never likely to meet. The dedication, commitment, and simple giving of time is in all of us, and this team never stops giving. They have helped so many people in desperate situations in Syria, Africa, Pakistan and the Caribbean. It’s an honour, and it’s humbling, to be with such good people”.
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