Points of Light Award


Points of Light Award Points of Light Award

Nowzad Founder Pen Farthing has been named as the first GlobalBritain Points of Light winner! 

Points of Light are outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community. Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award.

First established by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, over 5,000 US Points of Light have been recognised in the USA. UK Points of Light was developed in partnership with the US programme and launched in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street in April 2014.

Since then hundreds of people have been named Points of Light by the Prime Minister, highlighting an enormous array of innovative and inspirational volunteering across the length and breadth of Britain.

Doing everything from tackling knife crime, to supporting families of dementia patients, our UK Points of Light are fundraising, awareness raising, problem solving heroes who all had an idea they decided to make a reality. Their actions have changed lives and their stories are can inspire thousands more to get involved or start their own initiatives. 

In a personal letter to Pen, Prime Minister Theresa May said: 

Your work with Nowzad Dogs is supporting animal welfare in Afghanistan, as well as benefiting the human population too.”

Pen said:

“It is an honour to be named as the first GlobalBritain Points of Light winner – but it is all down to the amazing team behind the scenes at the Nowzad charity here in the UK and Afghanistan and I am so proud to work with so many volunteers who support the charity making a difference for animals and people in Afghanistan.”

Read more about the Points of Light awards here


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