NHS Volunteer Responder
1541. Anis Ali
Anis Ali, from London, was one of the first members of the public to join the NHS volunteer responder programme and has donated the most hours of any volunteer in London during the pandemic, completing 733 tasks since March.
Anis has volunteered around his full-time role as a train driver for Great Western Railway, with tasks including collecting shopping, medication and other items for vulnerable people who are shielding and self-isolating, as well as transporting them to medical appointments and keeping in touch with them through regular phone calls. His contribution has been celebrated with his name lit up in this year’s Oxford Street’s Christmas lights, which has marked community champions during the pandemic.
In a personal letter to Anis, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I am delighted that your name has lit up London’s Christmas lights and I would like to recognise you as a Point of Light for all you have done as an NHS responder.
“I am lost in admiration for how you have devoted so many hours to helping others. I also want to thank you for your work as a train driver, keeping the nation going in this challenging year, like all our wonderful key workers.”
“First of all, thank you so much for giving me such an honour.
“I had no idea I was being considered for this award, so it comes as a complete surprise and I am very much delighted. I can only express my sincere thanks for selecting me. I am honoured to receive the UK’s 1541st Points of Light honouree by Prime Minister
“I will remember this recognition as long as I live. I appreciate all the support, recognition and encouragement I have received. Times like these bring us together as a community and it’s an added bonus for it to be appreciated at this level. This is another example of the great support.
“I know we still have a long way to go, but with continued support and encouragement, we can accomplish a great deal.
“The future looks promising, and as a community, we have all worked hard together and helped each other.
“This award is for every volunteer out there who has supported everyone in these tough times, and I would like to thank all volunteers and support mechanisms who have devoted their time in helping the community throughout this pandemic. Well done!
“I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage others to be a part of this exciting opportunity and make a difference by join NHS Volunteer Responders.”
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