Play2Give Goes to Parliament!

Published: 31st January 2020

Earlier this week Play2Give went to  Parliament as our founder and inspirational chief, Andy, took a trip to Westminster to receive his honour awarded to him by the Prime Minister.

Andrew, centre with his award, with left David Johnston MP for Wantage and David, Matthew and Andrew’s mum, Ann

Andy, together with our Community Officer, Matthew Norris – who nominated Andy and Andy’s Mum, Ann, the trio visited London to meet with our local MP, David Johnston OBE. David was delighted to present Andy with his ‘Points of Light Award’ that was given to him by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announced earlier this month.

In a personal hand signed letter to Andy, Boris Johnson wrote: “I am lost in admiration for remarkable people like yourself who freely give up their time to improve the lives of others. I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how your fundraising over the past 18 years, in tribute to the treatment you received as a child born with a brain injury, has transformed services at Oxford Children’s Hospital and supported causes throughout the county. Your service exemplifies the great British spirit of generosity and philanthropy which brings out the best in us all. On behalf of the whole country, thank you!”

Andy, Matt and Ann were treated to afternoon tea and cake by David in the Parliamentary restaurant before setting off to enjoy the rest of the afternoon to explore Westminster and landmarks including Westminster Abbey, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and they even got to go and see Buckingham Palace from the outside as darkness was creeping in.

Andy was the 1,290th recipient to be honoured with this prestigious award from the Prime Minister, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers from across the United Kingdom.

​Congratulations Andrew, and we are delighted to announce that since meeting Andy, David has agreed to become a Patron of Play2Give!

Points of Light: Play2Give – Andrew Baker