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Charity founder receives praise from PM

Worcester Editorial 24th Jul, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

AN INSPIRATIONAL volunteer who created a charity to support families of children with disabilities has been honoured by the Prime Minister.

Jean Wilson, founder of the New Hope charity is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers making a positive change in their community and inspiring others.

New Hope works with families who have children with disabilities and complex health care needs in the Worcester area. Jean founded the group in 2010 when she discovered that there was little support in her area for her daughter Emily, who was diagnosed with a severe disability at 17 months old.

The charity provides Saturday and holiday clubs for children with disabilities aged six to 19 and now supports more than 90 families in the area.

David Cameron said: “Jean has made a fantastic contribution creating and growing an organisation to give disabled children and their families in Worcestershire the support and care they need. I

“I’m delighted to recognise Jean’s service by making her a Point of Light.”

Ms Wilson said she was pleased and proud to be honoured. “I would like to thank everyone who has put me forward for the award and also to the staff, families and volunteers who help support New Hope and make the clubs and events possible,” she added.

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