Community lunch leader

335. George Geraghty

George Geraghty, an 86 year old community volunteer who has spent the last 28 years running a weekly Pot Luck Lunch in his local village, providing thousands of meals for anyone is his local community and a hub for people to meet and get to know each other has been named a Point of Light […]

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Canine companions for the elderly

334. Louise Russell

Louise Russell, a working mum from Glasgow, who set up a charity that helps over 60s find a rescue pet companion, has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron. Louise stopped to chat with a neighbour one day and discovered just how lonely some single people can be, especially in later […]

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Volunteering champion

333. Colin Stodel

Helping over 100 people find volunteering opportunities with the Jewish Volunteering Network across London delivering meals, putting on pantomimes, making food parcels and fundraising has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron. When Colin retired from his role as an IT professional in May 2012 he was keen to support causes […]

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Empowering Kenyan youth

332. Valerie Wilson

Valerie Wilson, 56, visited Kenya on a school exchange in 1999 and was inspired to empower the youth there, and particularly the girls, by focusing on education, the environment and gender equality. In 2008, Valerie left her job in teaching to set up ‘Team Kenya’. Through her work she has helped 125 vulnerable girls complete […]

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Hearing dogs hero

331. Dave Thompson

Helping to unite deaf people with hearing dogs for more than twenty years, Dave Thompson has been a central part of the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Hull and District branch since, 1992 soon after his daughter, Denise, lost her hearing. Dave saw how much benefit hearing dogs gave to his daughter and has since […]

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Coding access champion

330. Despo Pentara

A young developer who is spearheading the diversification of the tech industry.  Despo Pentara, a Cypriot based in East London, set up codebar in 2013 as a way of increasing the number of women, LGBT and ethnic minorities within the tech industry. Running from six venues across the UK, and with over 600 people having […]

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Stem cell record breaker

329. Rik Basra

A Leicester man with leukaemia who has signed up thousands of people to the UK stem cell register. In October last year Rik Basra set a challenge to sign up 1000 people to the stem cell register in one day. ‘Race to 1000’ took place at Loughborough University and eight different locations around Leicester city […]

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Duck race dynamo

328. Geoff Maddever

The Duck Race is a common sight down the River Looe in Cornwall with thousands of visitors and locals taking part every year. However this annual charity event wouldn’t be possible without the tireless efforts of local man Geoff Maddever. Since the Duck Race began over 20 years ago Geoff has led the team from […]

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