Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

These Five Shining Lights Are Brightening Up Lives

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

These Five Shining Lights Are Brightening Up Lives

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Byline: Bethany Lodge Reporter

SICK of hearing about David Cameron's dodgy honours list? Well meet the five inspirational people from Teesside recognised by No. 10 for outstanding volunteer work.

The Gazette has looked back through the hundreds of winners of the Points of Light award to highlight the incredible stories of ordinary people from the area.

The Points of Light award was created in America by President George H. W. Bush in 1990 as a way of highlighting the work of volunteers making an impact within their communities.

David Cameron launched the UK version of the award in April 2014 with one winner announced each weekday since then.

|| Mike Five people from Teesside have been honoured with the award, the most recent of whom is Cath McNicol.

Cath has been the driving force behind Middlesbrough's Powerchair Football Club for the last three years.

Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a neuromuscular condition affecting use of all her muscles, Cath became involved with Powerchair Football in 2008.

She then set up Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club in 2011.

Upon giving Cath her award David Cameron said: "By setting up Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club, Cath has enabled dozens of other people to enjoy the sport that she loves."

On being named a Point of Light, Cath said: "I just wanted other disabled people to experience playing football; the beautiful game."

Elsewhere on Teesside, 15-year-old Harry Tinkler has been named a Point of Light.

Harry set up charity Action for Autism Families, inspired to help others by his severely autistic sibling.

The charity provides information, support and assistance for families who live with Autism in East Cleveland.

McGrother Harry said: "I am totally shocked; I am just a normal teenager helping others like myself. Sometimes our lives can be really tough.

"I am just trying to help others understand and not feel alone."

Brian Jones was given a Point of Light award for his charity The Moses Project.

Brian was concerned that no one was offering daily support to addicts in his local area. …

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