Ryan’s Cookie Box
1241. Ryan Bogues
Ryan Bogues, aged 24, from County Down, has overcome huge personal challenges to fundraise over £40,000 for cancer and dementia charities in Northern Ireland.
Ryan, who lives with Down’s Syndrome, began his initiative ‘Ryan’s Cookie Box’ in April 2015, cooking baked goods every month, and raising money for charity through an honesty box placed at the end of the lane outside his family home. As well as fundraising for cancer and dementia charities, Ryan has also donated funds towards local community projects, such as purchasing computers and books for schools.
In a personal letter to Ryan, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how your inspirational fundraising efforts have done so much to support cancer and dementia charities in Northern Ireland.
“Your service exemplifies the British spirit of generosity and philanthropy, which brings out the best in us all.”
“I am delighted to receive this award from the Prime Minister and reckon that he might enjoy The Cookie Box special – Endorphin Bars….because Endorphins make you happy.
“As a big Queen fan, I am also really chuffed that I am going to be a Point of Light on Freddie Mercury Day!”
Photo credit: Chris Plant