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Maxine from Asda Morley receives top award from Prime Minister

Congratulations to Community Life Champion Maxine Green from our Morley store who has received a Point of Light award for her amazing volunteering efforts.

Prime Minister David Cameron with Maxine Green

Prime Minister David Cameron presented her with the award on Friday in a special ceremony in Wetherby. The new awards recognise outstanding achievement by individuals and are awarded daily to someone somewhere in the UK.

“I was really shocked when I got the call!” says Maxine. “I’m truly overwhelmed and honoured to receive this award from the Prime Minister. It’s really humbling when I see the impact my volunteering and fundraising work has in my local community, even if it’s small it makes such a difference.”

Maxine was one of the 10,000 Tour Maker volunteers who helped make the start of the Tour de France such a success this weekend when it came to Yorkshire. She was selected to be a “Way Finder” on stage one of the race, welcoming visitors to Skipton and giving them directions. Her enthusiasm for the role meant that she was asked to help support the training of other volunteers in the lead up to the event.

She devotes much of her time to volunteering for a wide range of good causes. In 2013 along she raised £52,000 for community projects including regenerating Dartmough Park in Morley and turning the botanical gardens into a local attraction.

Maxine at the Tickled Pink fashion show

Maxine has also helped raise thousands of pounds for Tickled Pink, our campaign which supports breast cancer charities. It is a campaign close to her heart as Maxine was diagnosed with breast cancer herself in 2010 and had to have a masectomy. Last year she took part in the Tickled Pink fashion show which celebrates survivors of breast cancer – a fund-raising event that celebrates breast cancer survivors.

The new Points of Light UK award has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the US which has recognised more than 5,000 people to date. Find out more about the awards here.

Posted in News & Blogs on 07 July 2014