Brian Burnie, founder of Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care delighted to receive the Prime Ministers ‘Points of Light’ Award.

Today, Thursday 19th July 2018, the Prime Minister has honoured Brian Burnie for his inspiring voluntary work with a Points of Light award.
The Prime Minister’s daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making positive changes in their communities. The UK award was set up in partnership with the US Points of Light Foundation, which was established over 25 years ago and has since recognised over 6,000 inspiring volunteers in the US. We are delighted to announce that Brian Burnie will be the UK’s 958th Point of Light.

Essentially this is a way of the Prime Minister saying ‘thank you’ to Brian for his outstanding voluntary service.
Brian, 74, is overjoyed “I am both delighted and honoured to receive this award and do so on behalf of the 300 volunteers we have working so tirelessly from Daft as a Brush House in Newcastle. With their hard work and commitment to the charity, we achieve some 40,000 cancer patient journeys each year. It is very touching for the volunteers and the charity to be recognised. By visiting Cancer Centres throughout Great Britain and Ireland, my goal is to take the charity nationwide by walking 7,000 miles around the coastal path of Great Britain and Ireland – Together we can create 1,000,000 cancer patient journeys.”

Jean Ross, Trust Secretary for Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care;
“Brian’s passion for the Charity is infectious, he has incredible drive and determination in everything he does. We are so proud to have such amazing volunteers and Brian is part of that team. We are genuinely thrilled that he has won this award.”

About Points of Light.
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 6,000 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.

You can download the Prime Minister’s press release by Clicking here.