1069. Bob Wilson
1070. Megs Wilson
Bob and Megs Wilson, from Chesterfield, are the co-founders of the ‘Willow Foundation’, the only national charity providing special days out to seriously ill adults aged 16-40.
Bob, a former Scotland and Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter, and his wife Megs launched the charity in 1999 after their daughter Anna passed away from cancer aged 31. They were inspired by Anna’s “special days” with family and friends that brought her moments of respite from incredibly difficult personal circumstances. Their commitment to replicating these moments has provided over 15,000 lasting memories for young adults living with life-threatening conditions. Bob and Megs have overseen a partnership with ‘The Arsenal Foundation’ since 2013, which will see fans donating over £300,000 in aid of the charity by the end of the season.
Bob and Megs were presented with the award by former Arsenal and England goalkeeper, and ‘Willow’ ambassador, David Seaman, at the Arsenal charity match day on 8 December at the Emirates stadium (pictured).
In a personal letter to Bob and Megs, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Over many years, you have worked tirelessly to create a wonderful legacy to your daughter, Anna. By founding the ‘Willow Foundation’ and replicating the special days that Anna loved so much, you are providing uplifting and unforgettable memories for thousands of people living with life-threatening conditions.”
Bob and Megs said:
“We are delighted and humbled to be the recipients of today’s Points of Light Award. We would like to accept it on behalf of all those who have helped us continue the legacy of our daughter Anna, in being able to bring quality of life and quality of time to those 16 to 40 year olds whose lives are challenged by serious illness.”