Our Doing It For Heroes friend, Chief Petty Officer Andrew Gibbs, was recognised as an ‘inspirational volunteer’ by the Prime Minister with a Daily Point of Light award on Remembrance Day 2015.
‘Gibbo’ set up the Doing It For Heroes brand in 2011 with help from Essex Auto Group to collect money by various long sponsored walks, bucket collections at high-profile sporting events and concerts for the Help For Heroes charity, which provides better facilities for British service personnel injured in the line of duty.
Essex Auto Group has since publicised them through social media and marketing materials, plus lent them signwritten support vehicles for long-distance charity walks.
David Cameron commented: “With his fundraising for Help for Heroes, Chief Petty Officer Andrew Gibbs has done a huge amount to support our Armed Forces. As a serving member of the Royal Navy he sees first hand the bravery and sacrifices our forces make for us every day. Today, as we all reflect on the debt we owe our Armed Forces, it is fitting to recognise Andrew as the UK’s 388th Point of Light.”
Andy said: "It is an immense honour to receive this award especially on the 11th November. It is all about the team that helped me achieve all that we have done for Help for Heroes. You can see the difference the money makes to those that have been wounded in combat. It is all about support for life and I, along with my team, will carry on with our volunteering, whether it be at Wealdstone FC on a cold and wet midweek or on the concourse at Wembley Stadium in the middle of July. I am very proud to be recognised for what the team and I have achieved.”