1295. Esther Marshall
Esther Marshall, from London, is the founder of 'sTandTall', a charity offering confidential advice to people who have experienced domestic abuse.
Esther’s innovative website helps signpost users to local support services without creating a user history on their internet browser, protecting people who might be at risk from abusive partners.
Esther is also the author of a children’s book “Sophie Says I Can, I Will”, aiming to tackle inequality through sport and in the workplace by depicting a young girl dreaming of the many possibilities her life may hold. All profits from sales of the book are directed towards ‘sTandTall’.
Esther was presented with her award by the Minister for Civil Society, Baronness Diana Barran.
In a personal letter to Esther, 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 the vital confidential support you are giving to people at risk from abusive partners and connecting those who need help with those who can provide it.”
“I am honoured and incredibly humbled to have received the Points of Light award. Constantly striving to make this world a better place and helping others achieve a better life for themselves free of bullying and abuse is what gives me the drive and passion to work everyday. This is a time to take a step back a recognise all those who have volunteered with me in order to make the impact that ‘sTandTall’ has already done and will continue to do. I couldn’t do it with them!”