The Prime Minister has today, 28 August, recognised Samantha Davis, from Peterborough, for creating a support network for people with dwarfism.
Samantha co-founded the charity ‘Little People UK’ with her husband the actor Warwick Davis in 2012 and it has gone on to become an essential resource providing social and financial support, and medical information.
As well as attracting a community of over 300 members with dwarfism and associated conditions, the charity is supported by a number of highly respected Orthopaedic, Ophthalmic, Neurological and Anaesthetic consultant surgeons, physiotherapists and educational practitioners with a special interest in helping people with dwarfism. Samantha's award coincides with the final day of 'Little People UK'’s annual convention.
Samantha is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers 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 remarkable achievements.
In a personal letter to Samantha, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
"You should be enormously proud of the important work you have done to create the ‘Little People UK’ charity, raising awareness of people with dwarfism and celebrating their contribution to society. You have built a vital resource to connect people with support and advice where needed and champion better knowledge amongst medics, educators and wider society."
Shailesh Vara, Samantha’s local MP for North West Cambridgeshire, said:"This award is thoroughly deserved and I am delighted that Samantha’s efforts have been recognised in this way."Samantha’s hard work and dedication continue to raise awareness surrounding the issues affecting people with dwarfism and their families."Through 'Little People UK' and with the help of many dedicated volunteers, Samantha has created a positive environment of support and ensured a wealth of information is available to all."Samantha said:“I am passionate about the work I do for 'Little People UK', supporting individuals and families affected by dwarfism. For me, seeing the difference the charity is making to people's lives is reward enough but my Points of Light award from the Prime Minister is a wonderful honour, one that I proudly accept on behalf of the Little People community.”
Samantha is the 987th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.
Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.