Patrons

We are delighted at Play2Give to receive the Patronage from our very own local MP.

▸David Johnston OBE

David Johnston OBE MP

David first met Andy at Westminster in January 2020, when he presented him with a Points of Light award, which was awarded by then Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.  He instantly became inspired to lend his patronage in February 2020. Since he has helped to deliver with the team some of our Christmas gifts to beneficiaries, as well as attending events and with donations to support our work.

David is pictured with Andy at our Great Gatsby Ball, held at Milton Hill House in September 2023.

David’s Story

David was born onto a council estate and attended a secondary school where only 20% of people passed any 5 GCSEs. He was the first person in his family to go to university and he has spent the past 16 years running organisations that help young people across the UK to get a better education and a better job.

Most recently that was of being Chief Executive of a charity, Social Mobility Foundation, that he built in 2009 from a team of 2 to a national charity that has 7 offices across the UK helping around 7,000 people from the Isle of Wight to the Western Isles.

In 2018 David was humbled to receive an OBE from Her Majesty The Queen for services to social mobility and education. Having been elected David, who lives in the Didcot area, is keen to see Politicians get back to tackling the issues that he has seen first hand affect people’s day to day lives.

David says ‘becoming a Patron of P2G was an easy decision to make’ and we couldn’t be more delighted to have David on board.

Speaking in January 2020: “I’m delighted that Andrew Baker’s hard work on behalf of many local charities has been recognised. Andrew is an inspiring example of someone who refused to let a disadvantage they were born with hold them back and he has worked tirelessly to give back to his local community, achieving more already than most of us will. It is wonderful that his work has been recognised by the Prime Minister (Points of Light award) in this way.”