A charity champion from Hastings who has volunteered hundreds of hours to make Christmas special for homeless people has had her work recognised by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Ann Andrews, chairman of Surviving Christmas, received a Point 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 achievements.
Ann oversees the running of the two-day Open Christmas event where food, tea, medical support, a change of clothing, showers, free hair cuts and entertainment are all available for those in need.
She said: “I am very pleased to accept this award to recognise all those who have given their time over the past 30 years to make Christmas a little brighter for those less fortunate. The charity runs projects by the community for the community and this is the reason many return year after year to offer support. It’s lovely to see that donations mean as much to those donating as the charity receiving. It inspires us to continue with the projects.”
Ann began helping out with Surviving Christmas in 2011 and took on the chairmanship almost two years ago.
Mr Cameron said: “Ann’s work deserves recognition and I so am pleased to name her a Point of Light. This truly is a project for the community, delivered by the community, but Ann’s efforts are particularly remarkable.
“To lead an army of volunteers and take on the responsibility of coordinating this incredible Christmas event is very special. Her efforts deserve recognition.”
Hastings MP Amber Rudd said: “Ann does a wonderful job marshalling and cajoling to ensure that volunteers and guests have a fantastic Christmas Day. We are very lucky to have her.”