Prime Minister gives Spread a Smile founders Points of Light award
The work of Spread a Smile has been acknowledged by Prime Minister Theresa May who
has awarded co-Founders Vanessa Crocker and Josephine Segal a Points of Light award
for their volunteering.
Vanessa Crocker and Josephine Segal, co-founded ‘Spread a Smile’ charity after seeing the positive impact a magician’s visit had on Josephine’s 9-year- old nephew when he was treated in Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Vanessa and Josephine are the latest recipients of a Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
In a personal letter to Vanessa and Josephine, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Through ‘Spread a Smile’, you are brightening hospital stays for children and teenagers and making difficult experiences so much more bearable for the whole family. The additional trips and workshops you organise provide much needed support and respite for families too.”
Vanessa and Josephine said:
“We are absolutely delighted to receive recognition of the amazing work our team does for seriously ill children and teenagers in hospital. We dedicate this award to all of the incredible families we see whose extraordinary resilience carries them through such difficult times.”
Vanessa and Josephine are the 629th and 630th winners of the Points of Light award, which was developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA and was first established by President George H. W. Bush. Over 5,000 US Points of Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across the country.
Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments , a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Point of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.